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  Clinton, George
NameGeorge Clinton
Kingston, New York , United States
Born July 26, 1739
DiedApril 20, 1812 (72 years)
ContributorU Ole Polecat
Last ModifedChronicler
Aug 28, 2021 07:18am
InfoCLINTON, George, (uncle of George Clinton [1771-1809], De Witt Clinton, and James Graham Clinton), a Delegate from New York and a Vice President of the United States; born in Little Britain, Ulster (now Orange) County, N.Y., July 26, 1739; completed preparatory studies; served as lieutenant of rangers in the expedition against Fort Frontenac; studied law; admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Little Britain; clerk of the court of common pleas in 1759 and district attorney in 1765; surveyor of New Windsor; member of the State assembly in 1768; served on the New York Committee of Correspondence in 1774; Member of the Continental Congress from May 15, 1775, to July 8, 1776, when he was ordered to take the field as brigadier general of militia; appointed brigadier general by Congress in March 1777

Governor (AF-NY) 1777-1795. Attended George Washington's 1789 inaugural, which was held on the day Clinton was re-elected Governor.

President of the State convention which ratified the Federal Constitution

Governor (DR-NY) 1801-1804

Vice President (DR) 1805-1812 (died in office). Elected to serve under Thomas Jefferson in 1804 and re-elected to serve under James Madison in 1808.

Candidate for US President (IR) 1808. Clinton was not nominated by the DRP Caucus that year and pursued an independent campaign. His hopes of throwing the race into the US House appeared sound early in the year, with three candidates in the field, but when the Federalists chose to run their own ticket, most of Clinton's supporters deserted him. He won the state of New York, but most of his Presidential Electors voted for Madison under heavy pressure from party leaders.

Died in Washington DC 4/20/1812; interment in the Congressional Cemetery; reinterment in the First Dutch Reformed Church Cemetery, Kingston, N.Y., in 5/1908. Clinton's was the first vice presidential burial, and he was the first VP to die in office.

Vote totals for elections in which was nominated for the Hall of Fame for Great Americans (1900-1965): 1955-0.



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Wife Cornelia Tappan Clinton 00, 0000-
Son George Clinton Jr. 1771-1809
Father Charles Clinton 1690-1773
Brother James Clinton 1736-1812
Nephew DeWitt Clinton 1769-1828
Nephew James G. Clinton 1804-1849

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