VAN RENSSELAER, Solomon Van Vechten (1774-1852)

VAN RENSSELAER, SOLOMON VAN VECHTEN, (nephew of Killian Killian Van Rensselaer), a Representative from New York; born in Greenbush, Rensselaer County, N.Y., August 6, 1774; completed preparatory studies; entered the United States Army; was promoted to captain of a volunteer company, and later, on January 8, 1799, to major; was mustered out in June 1800; adjutant general of State militia in 1801, 1810, and 1813; served in the War of 1812 as lieutenant colonel of New York Volunteers; elected as a Federalist to the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Congresses and served from March 4, 1819, to January 14, 1822, when he resigned; postmaster of Albany, N.Y., 1822-1839 and 1841-1843; delegate from New York at the opening of the Erie Canal November 4, 1825; died near Albany, N.Y., April 23, 1852; interment in North Dutch Church Cemetery, Albany, N.Y.; reinterment in Albany Rural Cemetery.

Albany Institute of History and Art
McKinney Library
Albany, NY
Papers: In the Arnold Cogswell Collection, 1676-1931, 0.6 cubic foot.
The papers contain military orders and letters of Solomon Van Rensselaer, 1808-31.

Papers: In the Van Rensselaer Family, Cherry Hill Papers, 1689-1838, 39 items
Persons represented include General Solomon Van Rensselaer.


Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society
Buffalo, NY
Papers: 1823, 2 items.
Letters from James Wilkinson letters to Col. Solomon Van Rensselaer, 22 Sept. 1813, asking the colonel to come to Sacketts Harbor in early October; and from Sacketts Harbor, 20 Oct. 1813, stating his understanding of Van Rensselaer's failure to meet him, that he is ill, but will leave with his troops to try the "tug of war."


Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: 1797-1841, 2 items.
Correspondence of Solomon Van Vechten Van Rensselaer, 1797-1841.

Papers: 1841, 1 item.
A letter from Joseph Gilbert Totten to Solomon Van Vechten Van Rensselaer written on February 5, 1841. In the letter, Totten writes relating to the New York State militia.


New-York Historical Society
New York, NY
Papers: 1794-1836. 26 items.
Papers: In the Ebenezer Stevens Letter book, 1807-1814, 1 volume.
Correspondents include Solomon Van Rensselaer.


New York State Archives
Albany, NY
Papers: In the Bailey-Moore Family Military Records, 1778-1868, approximately 1.2 cubic feet.
Correspondents include Solomon Van Rensselaer.

Papers: In the Historic Cherry Hill Collection, Wills and Estate Papers, 1707-1956, 38 folders.
Persons represented include Solomon Van Rensselaer.

Papers: In the Mary E. Van Rensselaer Papers, 1849-1853, 1 folder.
Persons represented include Solomon Van Rensselaer.


New York State Library
Manuscripts and Special Collections
Albany, NY
Papers: 1790-1852. 9 containers. In the Historic Cherry Hill Collection, Van Rensselaer-Rankin papers.
Includes personal, business, congressional, and military papers and correspondence; diary of Indian Expedition (1797) and Journal of Indian Expeditions (1797). These papers are on deposit from Historic Cherry Hill and their use requires written permission from Historic Cherry Hill. Photographs and portraits at Historic Cherry Hill. Finding aid available.

Papers: 1805, 9 pages.
A deed from December 27, 1805, for property by Solomon and Harriet Van Rensselaer to Joseph Atwood.

Papers: 1807, 4 pages.
General orders issued by Adjutant General Solomon Van Rensselaer regarding the organization of companies of militia to be held in readiness for immediate action as per an act of Congress entitled "An Act Authorizing a Detachment from the Militia of the United States". The companies of militia were to be organized out of existing divisions of state militia. New York State had a quota of 100,000 men. This copy of the order was sent to Major General Stephen Van Rensselaer.

Papers: 1808, 1 page.
A letter from Solomon Van Rensselaer to Adjutant General Solomon Van Rensselaer written on March 23, 1808. In the letter, Van Rensselaer writes on military matters and mentions Major Cherry and a memorandum to be enclosed in the note.

Papers: 1812, 4 items.
Documents in the Report of a meeting with the Seneca Nation Council, 1812 July 17. The final document is a letter dated May 23, 1836 from Robert Hoops to Solomon Van Rensselaer from Hoops. The letter transmits the other three documents and details the circumstances surrounding their creation for Van Rensselaer.

Papers: 1813, 1 page.
A lease of land, originally part of the Manor of Rensselaerwyck, and specified in document by Solomon Van Rensselaer and Temperance Cone to Kelly Atwood. Yearly rent is stipulated as twelve bushels and thirty pounds of marketable winter wheat. Signed by Van Rensselaer and Cone.

Papers: 1814, 4 pages.
A letter from James Wilkinson to Col. Solomon Van Rensselaer written on May 12, 1814. In the letter, Wilkinson discusses a trip to Ballston Spa "to drink the water", and to Saratoga where he plans to view the Saratoga Battlefield. Wilkinson goes on to discuss the conduct of the war, especially the activities on the St. Lawrence frontier. He discusses his amazement at the lack of activity on the part of the British. Wilkinson wonders why the British fleet had not moved down the lake where they could bottle up his fleet and score a victory.

Papers: 1816, 14 pages.
A lengthy letter from Solomon Van Rensselaer to General James Wilkinson written in 1816. In the letter, Van Rensselaer describes the Battle of Queenston. The letter provides a detailed description of the battle and attempts to explain why the state militia would not cross the Niagara River to assist the regular U.S. Army in the attack. The last two pages of the letter discuss the gubenatorial election in New York State, in which Stephen Van Rensselaer was a candidate.

Papers: 1821, 1 page.
A letter written by Solomon Van Rensselaer to G. W. Featherstonhaugh on March 1, 1821.

Papers: 1822, 1 letter.
A letter from Jabez D. Hammond to Solomon Van Rensselaer written on January 30, 1822. In the letter, Hammond congratulates Van Rensselaer on his appointment as post master and transmits a copy of the Cherry Valley Gazette which contains an article regarding the "illiberal and unjust voting exhibited by Van Buren and Tompkins."

Papers: 1825, 2 pages.
A letter from DeWitt Clinton to Solomon Van Rensselaer written on February 1, 1825. In the letter, Clinton discusses current political developments and supports a candidate for appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Clinton also discusses his past support of Jackson and Adams and states that he believes Crawford is incapable of corruption.

Papers: 1840, 1 page.
A letter from Solomon Van Rensselaer to Lewis F. Allen written on October 30, 1840. In the letter, Van Rensselaer writes regarding the enclosure of the requested letter of introduction to L. F. Allen.

Papers: In the Simon DeRidder Papers, 1763-1890, 49 items.
Persons represented include Solomon Van Rensselaer.

Papers: In the John Williams Papers, 1767-1841, 8 boxes.
Persons represented include Solomon Van Rensselaer.


Onondaga Historical Association
Research Center
Syracuse, NY
Papers: In the Mary E. Van Rensselaer Papers, 1849-1853, 1 folder.
Persons represented include Solomon Van Rensselaer.


Rochester Public Library
Local History Division
Rochester, NY
Papers: In the Anna V. Cornwall Papers, ca. 1735-1910, 42 items.
The papers conain two letters from Solomon Van Rensselaer to Josiah Depuy, dated April 19, 1810, advocating the election of Governor Platt and attacking the character of Daniel D. Tompkins.


State University of New York College at Plattsburgh
Special Collections, Feinberg Library,
Plattsburgh, NY
Papers: In the Bailey-Moore Family Military Records, 1778-1868, approximately 1.2 cubic feet.
Correspondents include Solomon Van Rensselaer.


Yale University
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
New Haven, CT
Papers: 1820, 5 pages.
A letter from James Wilkinson to Solomon Van Rensselaer written on March 20, 1820. In the letter, Wilkinson writes about national politics and the proposed Yellowstone expedition. The letter is accompanied by an engraved portrait.

  • Assault and battery: Report of the trials of the causes of Elisha Jenkins vs. Solomon Van Rensselaer, Solomon Van Rensselaer v. John Tayler, the same vs. Charles D. Cooper, and the same vs. Francis Bloodgood: Before arbitrators, at Albany, August 16th, 17th and 18th, 1808. [Albany, N.Y.]: Croswell & Frary, 1808.
  • Van Rensselaer, Solomon Van Vechten. A Narrative of the Affair of Queenstown: In the War of 1812. New York: Leavitt, Lord & co.; Boston: Crocker & Brewster, 1836.