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Van Rensselaer

[ van ren-suh-leer, ren-suh-ler; for 1 also Dutch vahn ren-suh-lahr ]
/ væn ˌrɛn səˈlɪər, ˈrɛn sə lər; for 1 also Dutch vɑn ˈrɛn səˌlɑr /
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Ki·li·aen [kee-lee-ahn], /ˈki liˌɑn/, 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).
Stephen "the Patroon", 1765–1839, U.S. political leader and major general.
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