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van RENSSELAER, Stephen [1764-1839] -- American soldier, General

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As heir to a huge estate in upstate New York, he granted tenants perpetual leases at moderate rates, which saved would-be landholders from having to pay all of their money up front. This meant that they could invest more in their operations, which led to increased productivity in the area. Over time, van Rensselaer would become landlord over 3,000 tenants, and proved a lenient and benevolent landowner. His tenants, who did not have to work in fear of sudden foreclosure or unfair treatment, were able to focus on their work, and the productivity Van Rensselaer created benefited the entire Albany area.

Despite his active life, van Rensselaer's most lasting contribution to the world was to establish, with Amos Eaton, the Rensselaer School (now known as Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, or RPI) "for the purpose of instructing persons, who may choose to apply themselves, in the application of science to the common purposes of life" in 1824. RPI became a well-respected American technological institution. WIKI  -30-
 

Chronology

1786
Major of U.S. Militia
1789-1791
New York State Assembly
1791-1796
New York State Senate
1795
Lt. Governor of New York
1801
Major-General
1812/10/13
van Rensselaer attacks British forces in the Battle of Queenston Heights, and is badly beaten
1816-1839
Canal commission
1819-1839
Regent of the State University of NY
1821
New York State Constitutional Convention
1822-1829
U.S. Congressman
1824
Established RPI
1824
He casts the vote (in US HR) placing Adams in the presidency (over Jackson)

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