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Van Rensselaer, William Paterson
American, 1805 - 1872
William was the son of Stephen Van Rensselaer (1764-1839) and his second wife Cornelia. The Van Renssalaers were one of the wealthiest families in New York; Stephen had served in the state senate and as a lieutenant-governor of New York during John Jay's term as governor. William married firstly on 13 May 1833 to Eliza Bayard Rogers (1811-1835), with whom he had a son, and secondly to her sister Sarah Rogers (1809-1877), with whom he had 8 children. William was educated at Yale, and built the Van Rensselaer manor house at Troy, New York. [Compiled from sources and references recorded on CMS]
Cutter, William Richard, ed. Genealogical and Family History of Southern New York and the Hudson River Valley. 3 vols. New York, 1913: 1:11-12
Van Rensselaer, Florence. The Van Rensselaers in Holland and America. New York, 1956: 55-56
McClave, Elizabeth W. Stephen Van Rensselaer III: a Pictorial Reflection and Biographical Commentary. Stephentown, NY, 1984
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