Stephen Van Rensselaer (1764-1839)
Oil on canvas
Overall: 25 1/4 x 20 3/8 in. ( 64.1 x 51.8 cm )
A descendant of the first patroon, Kiliaen Van Rensselaer, Stephen was the son of Stephen (1742-69) and Catherine (Livingston) Van Rensselaer. A Federalist, he served in the state assembly and the state senate, and was lieutenant governor from 1795-1801. From 1822 to 1829 he was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. In 1824 he established a school at Troy, N.Y., which later became Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. This portrait was a gift to the Society from his great-grandson.
Gift of Kiliaen Van Rensselaer V
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