Cortlandt Van Rensselaer

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Rev. Cortlandt Van Rensselaer
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Born May 26, 1808
Albany, New York
Died July 25, 1860(1860-07-25) (aged 52)
Burlington, New Jersey
Alma mater Yale University
Union Theological Seminary
Princeton Theological Seminary
Spouse(s) Catherine Ledyard
Children 6, including Alexander
Parent(s) Stephen Van Rensselaer III
Cornelia Paterson
Relatives Stephen Van Rensselaer II (grandfather)
William Paterson (grandfather)
Philip S. Van Rensselaer (uncle)
Stephen Van Rensselaer IV (brother)
Henry Bell Van Rensselaer (brother)
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Cortlandt Van Rensselaer (born in Albany, New York, 26 May 1808; died in Burlington, New Jersey, 25 July 1860) was a Presbyterian clergyman from the United States.

Early life[edit]

He was a son of General Stephen Van Rensselaer and Cornelia Bell Paterson, his father's second wife. He graduated from Yale in 1827, and then studied at Union Theological Seminary, Prince Edward County, Virginia, (now Union Presbyterian Seminary) and at Princeton Theological Seminary.[1]


He was a missionary to the slaves in Virginia 1833-1835. He was ordained in 1835, and became pastor of the Presbyterian church in Burlington, New Jersey, in 1837, of the 2nd Presbyterian Church, Washington, D.C., in 1841, and agent of Princeton Theological Seminary in 1844, raising $100,000 for its endowment. He was secretary of the Presbyterian board of education 1846-1860, and founded and edited the Presbyterian Magazine and The Home, the School, and the Church.

The New York University gave him the degree of D.D. in 1845. Much of his large fortune was devoted to benevolent objects and to the religious enterprises of the Presbyterian church. After his death, selections from his published writings appeared under the title of Miscellaneous Sermons, Essays, and Addresses, edited by his son, Cortlandt Van Rensselaer (Philadelphia, 1861).[2]

Personal life[edit]

He was married to Catherine Ledyard (1811–1882), sister of Henry Ledyard. Together Cortlandt and Catherine had:

Van Rensselaer died on July 25, 1860 in Burlington, New Jersey.[9]


  1. ^ "A sermon having some reference to the character of the late Rev. Cortlandt van Rensselaer, D.D., preached in the Second Presbyterian Church, Albany, Sabbath morning, September 16, 1860 [electronic resource] / by William B. Sprague.". University of Texas at El Paso Library. Retrieved 31 October 2016. 
  2. ^ "Van Rensselaer, Cortlandt, 1808-1860 | The Online Books Page". University of Pennsylvania. Retrieved 31 October 2016. 
  3. ^ "Capt. Cortlandt Van Rensselaer.". The New York Times. 16 May 1863. Retrieved 22 February 2017. 
  4. ^ "DIED.". The New York Times. 11 October 1864. Retrieved 22 February 2017. 
  5. ^ "DIED.". The New York Times. 13 March 1873. Retrieved 22 February 2017. 
  6. ^ "OBITUARY | DR. LEDYARD VAN RENSSELAER". The New York Times. 26 March 1892. Retrieved 22 February 2017. 
  7. ^ "DEATH LIST OF A DAY.; The Rev. Edward B. Hodge.". The New York Times. 16 June 1906. Retrieved 22 February 2017. 
  8. ^ Times, Special To The New York (23 July 1933). "VAN RENSSELAER KIN HEIRS; Stepchildren to Get Bulk of Millions Left by Philadelphia.". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 February 2017. 
  9. ^ "DIED.". The New York Times. 28 July 1860. Retrieved 22 February 2017.