CLINTON, George, (uncle of George Clinton [1771-1809], De Witt Clinton, and James
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 of New York
1777-1795; president of the State convention which ratified the Federal
Constitution; again Governor of New York 1801-1804; elected Vice President of
the United States in 1804 as a Republican and served four years under President
Thomas Jefferson; reelected in 1808 and served under President James Madison
until his death in office; died in Washington, D.C., April 20, 1812; interment
in the Congressional Cemetery; reinterment in the First Dutch Reformed Church
Cemetery, Kingston, N.Y., in May 1908.
BibliographyKaminski, John P.
George Clinton: Yeoman Politician of the New Republic.
Madison, Wisc.: Madison House, 1993.