Van Rensselaer, Solomon


Van Rensselaer, Solomon
(1774-1852)
   Born in Rensselaer County, New York. Entered the army in 1792 as a cornet of cavalry, later becoming captain. In 1794, while commanding a company of volunteers, severely wounded at the battle of Maumee Rapids. In 1812 adjutant-general of New York militia, and arranged the armistice which enabled the Americans to make use of Lake Ontario as a highway for the transportation of troops and stores. In 1812 commanded an attacking party at Queenston Heights and seriously wounded. Member of Congress, 1819-1822; and postmaster at Albany, 1822-1839.
   Index: Bk Aide-de-camp to General Van Rensselaer, 284; wounded in crossing river at Queenston, 300.
   Bib.: Cyc. Am. Biog.; Lucas, Canadian War of 1812.

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