TOMPKINS, Daniel D., (brother of Caleb Tompkins),
a Vice President of the United States; born in Fox Meadows (later
Scarsdale), Westchester County, N.Y., June 21, 1774; completed preparatory
studies; graduated from Columbia College, New York City, in 1795; studied law;
admitted to the bar in 1797 and began practice in New York City; delegate to
the State constitutional convention in 1801; member, State assembly 1803;
elected to the Ninth Congress, but resigned before the beginning of the
congressional term to accept an appointment as associate justice of the State
supreme court, in which capacity he served from 1804 to 1807; Governor of New
York 1807-1817; declined an appointment as Secretary of State of the United
States tendered by President James Madison; elected Vice President of the
United States on the ticket with James Monroe in 1816; reelected in 1820 and
served from March 4, 1817, to March 3, 1825; delegate to the State
constitutional convention in 1821, serving as its president; died in
Tompkinsville, Staten Island, N.Y., June 11, 1825; interment in the Minthorne
vault in St. Marks Churchyard, New York City.
BibliographyIrwin, Ray W.
Daniel D. Tompkins: Governor of New York and Vice President of the
United States. New York: New-York Historical Society, 1968.