Van Cortlandt family

Van Cortlandt
Current region New York
Place of origin Netherlands
Connected families Van Rensselaer family
Schuyler family
Livingston family

The Van Cortlandt family was an influential political dynasty from the seventeenth-century Dutch origins of New York through its period as an English colony, then after it became a state, and into the nineteenth century.


Captain Olof Stevense Van Cortlandt, who was born in Wijk bij Duurstede, Netherlands, arrived in New Amsterdam in 1637. He was originally a soldier and bookkeeper who rose to high colonial ranks in service of the Dutch West India Company, serving many terms as burgomaster and alderman.[1] His descendants became involved in politics and married into the best American political and influential families including the Van Rensselaer family, Schuyler family, and Livingston families.

Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx, New York derives its name from the family. The town of Cortlandt to the north, in Westchester County, New York carries the family name as well. The Van Cortlandt House Museum was the residence initially of Frederick Van Cortlandt

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