Rensselaer Westerlo

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Rensselaer Westerlo
United States House of Representatives from New York's 9th District
In office
March 4, 1817 – March 3, 1819
Preceded byJohn Lovett
Succeeded bySolomon Van Rensselaer
Personal details
BornMay 6, 1776
Albany, Province of New York
DiedApril 18, 1851(1851-04-18) (aged 74)
Albany, New York
Political partyFederalist
Jane Lansing (m. 1805)
ParentsEilardus Westerlo
Catherine Livingston
RelativesStephen Van Rensselaer (half-brother)
John Lansing, Jr. (father-in-law)
Alma materColumbia College

Rensselaer Westerlo (May 6, 1776 – April 18, 1851) was a United States Representative from New York and a member of the Livingston family.

Early life[edit]

Rensselaer Westerlo was born on May 6, 1776 at the Van Rensselaer Manor House in Albany as the son of Catherine Livingston (1745–1810) and her second husband Eilardus Westerlo (1738–1790). Catherine Livingston was the daughter of Philip Livingston (1716–1778), and widow of Stephen Van Rensselaer II, and the mother of Stephen Van Rensselaer. Westerlo's sister, Catherine Westerlo, married John Woodworth.

Westerlo graduated from Columbia College in New York City in 1795. He studied law, was admitted to the bar, and practiced.[1]


Westerlo was active in the militia, and served as an aide to Stephen Van Rensselaer and commander of a cavalry regiment in the War of 1812. In 1818 he became commander of New York's 3rd Cavalry Brigade with the rank of Brigadier General.

Westerlo was elected as a Federalist to the Fifteenth Congress (March 4, 1817 – March 3, 1819).[2] He was not a candidate for reelection and resumed the practice of law.[3]

Personal life[edit]

On May 5, 1805, he married Jane Lansing (1785–1871), daughter of Chancellor John Lansing, Jr.. Together, they had six children:

  • Catherine Westerlo (1806–1890)
  • Elizabeth Van Rensselaer Westerlo (b. 1816)
  • Cornelia Lansing Westerlo (1826–1876)
  • Mary Lansing Westerlo (1826–1876)
  • Eliardus Westerlo (d. 1859)[4]
  • Joanna Westerlo

He died in Albany on April 18, 1851 and was interred at Albany Rural Cemetery.[3]


  1. ^ Bielinski, Stefan. "Rensselaer Westerlo". Retrieved 6 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Rensselaer Westerlo, former Representative for New York's 9th Congressional District -". Retrieved 6 December 2016.
  3. ^ a b "WESTERLO, Rensselaer - Biographical Information". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 6 December 2016.
  4. ^ Lemire, Paula (26 July 2012). "Albany Rural Cemetery - Beyond The Graves: Rensselaer Westerlo". Albany Rural Cemetery - Beyond The Graves. Retrieved 6 December 2016.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Lovett
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 9th congressional district

Succeeded by
Solomon Van Rensselaer