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3+4th Vice President George Clinton

Male 1739 - 1812  (72 years)    Has more than 100 ancestors and one descendant in this family tree.

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  • Name George Clinton 
    Prefix 3+4th Vice President 
    Birth 26 Jul 1739 
    Gender Male 
    Death 20 Apr 1812  Washington Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Siblings 1 Sibling 
    Person ID I76585  Geneagraphie
    Last Modified 9 Sep 2004 

    Father Charles Clinton   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Elizabeth Denniston   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F31408  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Cornelia Tappan   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Marriage 7 Feb 1770 
     1. Cornelia Clinton   d. Yes, date unknown
    Family ID F44455  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 9 Sep 2004 

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  • Notes 
    • George Clinton, first governor of New York State, was born to an Irish family that had immigrated to New Britain, a small town near the Hudson River. His father, a member of the New York colonial assembly, was his political inspiration and tutor. At age 18 Clinton enlisted in the British Army to fight in the French and Indian War. Later he studied law, was appointed clerk of the court of common pleas, and served in the State assembly. Elected to serve in the Continental Congress, Clinton voted for the Declaration of Independence but was called by Washington to serve as brigadier general of militia and had to leave before the signing occurred. In 1777 Clinton became the first governor of New York and served until 1795. He was also known for his hatred of the Tories and was partially able to keep taxes down through seizure and sale of Tory estates. A supporter and friend of George Washington, he supplied food to the troops at Valley Forge. Clinton rode with Washington to the first Inauguration and gave an impressive dinner to celebrate the occasion. However, this friendship did not influence Clinton's politics; he did not support the adoption of the Constitution until the Bill of Rights was added. He served again as governor of New York from 1801 to 1804 and as vice president under Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. Clinton died in Washington and was buried there; in 1908 he was reinterred at Kingston, New York.

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