Alexander Van Rensselaer
October 1, 1850|
Burlington, New Jersey
|Died||July 18, 1933
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|US Open||QF (1884)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|US Open||F (1881, 1883, 1884)|
Alexander Van Rensselaer was born in 1850 into a wealthy and influential Philadelphian family. His grandfather was Stephen Van Rensselaer. He graduated from Princeton University in 1871. On January 27, 1898, he married Sarah Drexel Fell, daughter of Anthony Joseph Drexel.
Due to their ancestry, it was never necessary for the couple to work for a living. Instead they focused on fostering science and arts in Philadelphia. From 1901 until shortly before his death, Alexander was president of the Philadelphia Orchestra Association. In addition, he was a member of the board of trustees at Princeton University. Sarah gave large parts of her wealth to the Drexel Institute that was founded by her father.
Alexander died in 1933, four years after his wife, at the age of 82. He was buried at the Saint Thomas Episcopal Church Cemetery at Whitemarsh Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.
Grand Slam record
|1881||U.S. Championships||Arthur E. Newbold|| Clarence Clark
Frederick Winslow Taylor
|5–6, 4–6, 5–6|
|1883||U.S. Championships||Arthur E. Newbold|| James Dwight
|0–6, 2–6, 2–6|
|1884||U.S. Championships||Walter V.R. Berry|| James Dwight
|4–6, 1–6, 10–8, 4–6|