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Martha van Rensselaer
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Birth: Jun. 21, 1864
Death: May 26, 1932

Miss Van Rensselaer began her career at Cornell by organizing an extension program for New York state's rural women and headed the Department of Home Economics from its inception in 1908. Her duties expanded when the Cornell Board of Trustees established a School of Home Economics in 1919; in 1925 the New York State College of Home Economics, now the College of Human Ecology, was established. Much of the college is now housed in Martha Van Rensselaer Hall, a building for which she helped secure funding. Martha was a professional and life partner to Flora Rose.
As a result of her significant national contributions, in 1923 the League of Women Voters recognized her as one of the twelve most important women in America. 
 
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 Parents:
  Henry Kilean Van Rensselaer (1821 - 1897)
  Arvilla Owen Van Rensselaer (1830 - 1903)
 
 Siblings:
  Ellen Van Rensselaer Carter (1844 - 1917)**
  Leland Day Van Rensselaer (1861 - 1949)*
  Martha van Rensselaer (1864 - 1932)
  Herbert Henry Van Rensselaer (1869 - 1955)*
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Randolph Cemetery
Randolph
Cattaraugus County
New York, USA
Plot: Central Road
 
Created by: #47687144
Record added: Dec 06, 2012
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Martha van Rensselaer
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Martha van Rensselaer
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