Henry Bell Van Rensselaer
|Henry Bell Van Rensselaer|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York's 14th congressional district|
March 4, 1841 – March 4, 1843
|Preceded by||John Fine|
|Succeeded by||Charles Rogers|
May 14, 1810|
Albany, New York
|Died||March 23, 1864
|Resting place||Grace Episcopal Churchyard, Jamaica, Queens, New York City, New York|
|Spouse(s)||Elizabeth Ray King (m. 1833)|
|Parents||Stephen Van Rensselaer III
|Relatives||See Van Rensselaer family|
|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 an officer 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 (1764–1839), who was also a Representative and founder of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Cornelia Paterson, the daughter of William Paterson, the 2nd Governor of New Jersey, and later, an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
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 subsequently president of several mining companies. He was a director of the Northern Railroad (later the Rutland Railroad), but resigned to help found the Ogdensburg, Clayton and Rome Railroad.
U.S. Civil War
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 of several corps and departments from March 1862 until his death.
On August 22, 1833, Van Rensselaer married Elizabeth Ray King (1815–1900), daughter of John Alsop King, the Governor of New York, and Mary Ray. Elizabeth's maternal grandfather was U.S. Senator Rufus King. Together, they had:
- Mary Van Rensselaer (1834–1902), who married John Henry Screven (1823–1903) in 1874
- Cornelia Van Rensselaer (1836–1864), who married James Lenox Kennedy (d. 1864)
- Stephen Van Rensselaer (1838–1904), who married Mathilda Coster Heckscher (1838–1915)
- Henry Van Rensselaer, who died young
- Euphemia Van Rensselaer (1842–), who became a Sister of Charity and took the name Marie Dolores.
- Elizabeth Van Rensselaer (1845–1911), who married George Waddington
- John King Van Rensselaer (1847–1909), who married May Denning King (1848–1925), granddaughter of James Gore King.
- Katherine Van Rensselaer (1849–1901), who married Dr. Francis Delafield (1841–1915), son of Dr. Edward Delafied, in 1870.
- Henry Van Rensselaer (1851–), who joined the Society of Jesuits
- Westerlo Van Rensselaer (1853–1857), who died young.
- Reynolds, Cuyler (1914). Genealogical and Family History of Southern New York, Volume 3. New York: Lewis Publishing Company. pp. 1166, 1341.
- One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Cabell, Isa Carrington (1889). "Van Rensselaer, Killian". In Wilson, James Grant; Fiske, John. Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. New York: D. Appleton.
- "VAN RENSSELAER, Henry Bell - Biographical Information". bioguide.congress.gov. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
- Susan Lyman (1976). Rails Into Racquetteville. The Norwood Historical Association.
- Sullivan, Robert G. (1911). "Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs: Van Rensselaer Vol. IV". www.schenectadyhistory.org. Schenectady County Public Library. pp. 1814–1821. Retrieved 6 December 2016.
- Prioleau, Horry Frost; Manigault, Edward Lining (March 24, 2010). Register of Carolina Huguenots, Vol. 2, Dupre - Manigault. Lulu.com. ISBN 9780557242665. Retrieved 6 December 2016.
- "ALIPH WHITEHEAD TO WED F.D. CROSBY; New York Girl's Engagement Is Announced by Her Parents. SHE IS IN JUNIOR LEAGUE Her Fiance Is a Grandson of the Late Dr. and Mrs. Francis C. Delafield.". The New York Times. 5 December 1930. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
- United States Congress. "Henry Bell Van Rensselaer (id: V000052)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2008-11-21
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|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 14th congressional district