A Classification of American Wealth
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   Stephen Van Rensselaer III - the last patroon of Rensselaerwyck  

inherited Rensselaerswyck when he was but five years old. Yet he would be the most distinguished Van Rensselaer in American history, serving notably in the New York State militia where he reached the rank of major-general and also as an active politician, first in the state assembly, then in the state senate and finally as Lieutenant Governor of New York. Doubtlessly his strong siding with the American revolution, his political rank and involvement and finally his distinction as major-general of Volunteers in the War of 1812 greatly contributed to


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