Van Rensselaer: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (van ren"su-lēr', ren'su-lur for 1 also Du. vän ren'su-lär"), [key]
- 1595–1644, Dutch merchant: founder of Dutch West India Company 1621; large landowner in America, colonizing along the Hudson River (ancestor of Stephen Van Rensselaer).
- (“the Patroon”), 1765–1839, U.S. political leader and major general.