Solomon Van Rensselaer

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Solomon Van Rensselaer
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Solomon van Vechten van Rensselaer (August 9, 1774 – April 23, 1852) was a United States Representative from the state of New York, a lieutenant colonel during the War of 1812, and postmaster of Albany. He was the son of General Henry K. van Rensselaer, who distinguished himself during the Revolutionary War's Battle of Fort Anne, and Alida Bratt, who named her son after her grandfather Solomon Van Vechten.[1]

Solomon van Rensselaer was born in East Greenbush, New York, where he completed preparatory studies. He entered the United States Army, was promoted to captain of a volunteer company, and then to major on January 8, 1799, and mustered out in June 1800. He was an adjutant general of the state militia in 1801, 1810, and 1813; and served in the War of 1812 as lieutenant colonel of the New York Volunteers.

He was elected as a Federalist to the Sixteenth and Seventeenth United States Congresses, and served from March 4, 1819 to January 14, 1822, when he resigned. He was postmaster of Albany, New York from 1822 to 1839, and from 1841 to 1843 and a delegate from New York at the opening of the Erie Canal on November 4, 1825.

He died near Albany, aged 77. He was interred in the North Dutch Church Cemetery, in Albany, and reinterred in Albany Rural Cemetery. His home at Albany, Cherry Hill, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.[2]


  1. ^ Records of the Reformed Dutch Church of Albany, Part 6, p. 25; Catharina Van Rensselaer Bonney, Legacy of Historical Gleanings (J. Munsell, Albany, N.Y., 1875)[1], pp. 10, 91. He has erroneously been called the son of Jeremiah Van Rensselaer.
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 


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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Rensselaer Westerlo
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 9th congressional district

Succeeded by
Stephen Van Rensselaer