Jacob R. Van Rensselaer

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Jacob Rutsen Van Rensselaer (September 27, 1767 Claverack, Columbia County, New York – September 22, 1835 New York City) was an American lawyer and Federalist politician.


Van Rensselaer was the son of Robert Van Rensselaer (1740–1802) and Cornelia (Rutsen) Van Rensselaer (1746–1790). He attended Washington Seminary, graduated from Yale University in 1787, studied law and attained admission to the bar.

During the War of 1812, he commanded troops which were drafted in Columbia County, and were ordered to the defense of the city of New York.

Van Rensselaer was a member of the New York State Assembly in 1800, 1808, 1808–09, 1811, 1812, 1812–13, 1814, 1814–15 and 1819; and was Speaker in 1812–13. He was Secretary of State of New York from 1813 to 1815 and was a delegate to the New York State Constitutional Convention of 1821.

He married Cornelia De Peyster.

He is buried in the cemetery at the Reformed Dutch Church of Claverack.

His home, the Jacob Rutsen Van Rensselaer House and Mill Complex is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


  • [1] Genealogy of Livingston family
  • [2] Bio at Rootsweb
  • The New York Civil List compiled by Franklin Benjamin Hough (pages 33, 57, 173, 181f, 184f, 187ff, 194 and 312; Weed, Parsons and Co., 1858)
Political offices
Preceded by
Alexander Sheldon
Speaker of the New York State Assembly
Succeeded by
James Emott
Preceded by
Elisha Jenkins
Secretary of State of New York
Succeeded by
Peter B. Porter