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VAN RENSSELAER, Maunsell, clergyman, born in Albany, New York, 15 April, 1819. He is the son of Judge John S. Van Rensselaer. After graduation at Union college in 1838, and at the Episcopal general theological seminary in 1841, he was made deacon in St. Paul's chapel, New York city, 27 June 1841, by Bishop Benjamin T. Onderdonk, and priest, in St. Paul's church, Whitehall, New York, by the same bishop. He was rector of St. Paul's church, Whitehall, New York, in 1841-'5; of Grace church, Albany, New York, in 1846-'7; of St. John's, Mount Norris, New York, in 1847-'53: of St. Paul's, Oxford, New York, in 1853-'4; of St. Paul's, Rochester, in 1854-'9; and of Emmanuel church, Geneva, Switzerland, in 1877-'8. He received the degree of D. D. from Hobart in 1859, and that of LL. D. in 1874. Dr. Van Rensselaer was president of De Veaux college, New York, in 1859-'69, professor of ethics in Hobart in 1870-'2, and its president in 1872-'6. Since 1886 he has been chaplain of the House of the Holy Comforter in New York city. He has published "Sister Louise, the Story of her Life Work" (New York, 1883), and has made large contributions to religious literature.
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