|Stephen Van Rensselaer, Albany Rural Cemetery|
My ancestor was an American invader who led an invasion of territory that would later become Canada. Stephen Van Rensselaer III (1764 - 1839) served as a major-general in the New York militia during the War of 1812. He attended Princeton but graduated from Harvard.
Van Rensselaer also served as lieutenant governor of New York state. He is perhaps best known for having founded Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).
We had this to say in America Invades, "During the War of 1812, the hapless Stephen Van Rensselaer III (yet another ancestor of Chris’s), led the New York militia in an invasion of Canada at the Battle of Queenston in October 1812. Historian George Daughan, in 1812: The Navy’s War (Basic Books, 2011), wrote, “Van Rensselaer, as he had throughout the battle, stayed on the New York side of the river away from the fighting.”
|War of 1812 Veteran|
|Commander K. and Stephen Van Rensselaer|
Albany Rural Cemetery
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