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Gov. DeWitt Clinton, Sr.

Birthplace: Little Britain, Orange County, New York, United States
Death: February 11, 1828 (58)
Albany, Albany County, New York, United States
Place of Burial: Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Maj. Gen. James Clinton, Continental Army and Mary Clinton
Husband of Maria Clinton and Catherine Clinton
Father of James Henry Clinton; George William Clinton, Sr.; Maria Jones; Charles Alexander Clinton; DeWitt Clinton, Jr. and 5 others
Brother of Alexander Clinton; Charles Clinton; Rep. George Clinton, (DemRep-NY); Mary Spencer; Elizabeth Stuart and 1 other
Half brother of Caroline Hannah Dewey; Anne Clinton; Emma Little Clinton; James Graham Clinton and Letitia Bolton

Occupation: politician, New York governor, US Senator
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About Gov. DeWitt Clinton, Sr.

DeWitt Clinton was an American politician and naturalist who served as a United States Senator, Mayor of New York City and sixth Governor of New York. In this last capacity, he was largely responsible for the construction of the Erie Canal. Clinton was a major candidate for the American presidency in the election of 1812, challenging incumbent James Madison.

Clinton believed that infrastructure improvements could transform American life, drive economic growth, and encourage political participation. He heavily influenced the development of New York State and the United States.

New York Governor, US Senator. Born in Little Britain, New Windsor, Orange County, New York, he was the son of James Clinton, a veteran of the French and Indian War and a Continental Army General of the American Revolution. He graduated from Columbia in 1786 and studied law in New York where he was admitted to the bar in 1788. He became the secretary to his uncle, George Clinton, the governor of New York. He then served in the New York state legislature from 1797 until 1802 where he pushed for the passage of sanitary laws, the relief of prisoners for debt, and the abolition of slavery in the state. He was elected to the United States Senate in 1802 but resigned a year later to take up the post of Mayor of New York, an office he held from 1803 to 1807, 1808 to 1810 and 1811 to 1815. Under his management, city planning demanded the leveling of hills and the filling of low spots on Manhattan, making the city a level grid ready to fill. In 1812 Clinton ran for United States President under the Federalists and anti-war Republican nomination but was defeated by James Madison. Elected Governor of New York in 1817, he spearheaded the drive for the construction of a canal 363 miles long, 40 feet wide, and four feet deep from Lake Erie to Albany. His opponents called the canal "Clinton's Ditch". The Erie Canal was completed in 1825 and, with great fanfare, opened by the Governor. Clinton died suddenly while he was still in office. His influence had done much toward developing a canal system in other states. (bio by: Iola)

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Gov. DeWitt Clinton, Sr.'s Timeline

March 2, 1769
Little Britain, Orange County, New York, United States
New York, New York, United States
April 24, 1807
New Town, NY, United States
February 8, 1809
New York City, New York County, New York, United States
February 11, 1828
Age 58
Albany, Albany County, New York, United States