VAN RENSSELAER, Killian Killian

1763–1845

Biography

VAN RENSSELAER, Killian Killian, (cousin of Jeremiah Van Rensselaer, uncle of Solomon Van Vechten Van Rensselaer), A Representative from New York; born in Greenbush, Rensselaer County, N.Y., June 9, 1763; completed preparatory studies and attended Yale College; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1784 and commenced practice in Claverack, N.Y.; private secretary to Gen. Philip Schuyler; elected as a Federalist to the Seventh and to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1801-March 3, 1811); resumed the practice of law; died in Albany, N.Y., on June 18, 1845; interment in a private cemetery at Greenbush, N.Y.

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External Research Collections

Boston Public Library

Boston, MA
Papers: 1 letter.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: In the Richard Varick Papers, 1780-1927, 7 items. Persons represented include K. K. Van Rensselaer.

New-York Historical Society

New York, NY
Papers: 54 letters in Van Rensselaer family papers, 1713-1858. 1 volume and 2 boxes.

New York State Library
Manuscripts and Special Collections

Albany, NY
Papers: 1799, 1 page. A letter from Killian Van Rensselaer to an unidentified recipient written on June 3, 1799. In the letter, Van Rensselaer requests a quarter cask of sherry wine, mentions a suit against an individual named Wood and states "we are all sick with the fever."
Papers: 1801, 1 page. A letter from Samuel Stringer to Killian Van Rensselaer written on April 7, 1801. In the letter, Stringer requests that a member of Congress refute a piece published by Congressman Theodorus Bailey in the Albany Register. Stringer maintains that the piece is "calculated to misguide the people against the ensuing election."
Papers: 1802, 2 pages. A letter from Samuel Stringer to Kelyan [Killian] K. Van Rensselaer written on March 17, 1802. In the letter Stringer expresses his political views, talks of New York State politics, and mentions county elections. Reference is made to a Turnpike Bill stalled in the legislature. Mentions Governor Clinton, the Federal Party, and elections in Montgomery, Dutchess, and Washington Counties.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Sill, Dunkin H. Kiliaen van Rensselaer, First Patroon of the Colony of Rennsselaerswyck. New York: N.p., 1926.

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