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Vice President Daniel D. Tompkins

Vice President Daniel D. Tompkins

Male 1774 - 1825  (51 years)    Has no ancestors and no descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name Daniel D. Tompkins 
    Prefix Vice President 
    Birth 1774  Scarsdale, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Death 11 Jun 1825  Tompkinsville, Staten Island Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I363209  Geneagraphie
    Last Modified 14 Jan 2002 

    Family Hannah Minthorne   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F143858  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 14 Jan 2002 

  • Notes 
    • Atended Columbia College from which he was graduated in 1795. Two years later he was admitted to the bar and began a practice in New York, New York. In 1804 he was elected to Congress as a Democratic-Republican, but he resigned almost immediately to become an associate justice of the New York Supreme Court. In 1807 Tompkins became Governor of New York, a post he held for ten years during which time important reform measures in penal codes, better treatment of Negroes and Indians, more equitable support for thr state militia, and improvements in the school system were adopted. During the War of 1812 Governor Tompkins accepted the command of the military district that included southern New York and eastern New Jersey and directed construction of defenses for the port of New York. Expenses for these operations were financed in part through loans for which Tompkins pledged his personal credit, and the records thereof were intermingled with charges against state and federal funds.
      In 1817 Tompkins was elected Vice-President, and he was reelected in 1821 to serve a second term under President James Monroe. At times his salary as Vice-President was withheld because Tompkins was technically in debt to the government, which had not paid him for military expenditures made during the War of 1812. His attendance at sessions of the Senate was infrequent during his first term as Vice-President and worsened during his second. Tompkins' health declined rapidly near the end of his second term, and he died barely three months after he had ceased to be Vice-President.

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