Henry Bell Van Rensselaer
|Henry Bell Van Rensselaer|
May 14, 1810|
Albany, New York
|Died||March 23, 1864
|Place of burial||Grace Episcopal Churchyard, Jamaica, Queens, New York City, New York|
|Allegiance||United States of America
|Years of service||1831 - 1832, 1861 - 1864|
|Battles/wars||American Civil War|
Henry Bell Van Rensselaer (May 14, 1810 – March 23, 1864) was a General in the Union Army during the American Civil War, and a politician who served in the United States Congress as a Representative from the state of New York.
Henry Van Rensselaer was born at the manor house in Albany, New York. He was the son of Stephen Van Rensselaer III, who was also a Representative and founder of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Henry graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York in 1831. He was appointed a brevet Second Lieutenant of the Fifth Regiment, United States Infantry on July 1, 1831, and resigned January 27, 1832. He then engaged in agricultural pursuits near Ogdensburg, New York, and served as a military aide to Governor William H. Seward from 1839 to 1840.
Van Rensselaer was elected as a Whig to the Twenty-seventh United States Congress, and served from March 4, 1841 to March 3, 1843. He was then associated with mining enterprises. Upon the outbreak of the American Civil War he reentered the military service with the rank of colonel in the Union Army, and was appointed chief of staff to General Winfield Scott. He served as an inspector general from November 1861 until his death. He was a director of the Northern Railroad (later the Rutland Railroad), but resigned to help found the Ogdensburg, Clayton and Rome Railroad.
- Henry Bell Van Rensselaer at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress Retrieved on 2008-11-21
- Susan Lyman (1976). Rails Into Racquetteville. The Norwood Historical Association.
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 14th congressional district
March 4, 1841 – March 3, 1843
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