James Clinton

James Clinton (1736 - 1812)

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General James Clinton
Born in Little Britain, Orange, New Yorkmap
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Husband of — married in Wararsink, NYmap
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Died in Little Britain, Orange, New York, United Statesmap
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Categories: Orange County, New York | Woodlawn Cemetery Association, New Windsor, New York | Irish Military Diaspora United States | Notables | 3rd New York Regiment, Continental Army, American Revolution.

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General James Clinton served in the Continental Army, Orange County Militia in the American Revolution
Service started: 1775
Unit(s): 3rd New York Regiment, Orange County Militia
Service ended: 1781


James Clinton was an American Revolutionary War officer. He was married twice, first to Mary DeWitt, and later to Mary Gray.

James Clinton, son of Col. Charles Clinton, was an ensign, first lieutenant, and captain in the provincial army. After the war he became Lieutenant Colonel of an Orange County regiment. Upon the outbreak of the Revolution he entered the Patriot service, in 1775 being appointed Colonel of the 3rd New York Regiment. In 1776 he was made Brigadier General and took part in the attack on Quebec. The next year he was stationed at Fort Montgomery, on the Hudson, and bravely resisted the British advance under Sir Henry Clinton. In 1778 Gen. Clinton was stationed at West Point. After the discovery of Arnold's treason, Washington ordered Gen. Clinton to assume command at Albany, at. which important post he continued until August, 1781.

After the close of the Revolution, Gen. Clinton was a member of the convention called to ratify the Federal Constitution. He also served in the convention to revise the Constitution of New York, was chosen a commissioner to determine the New York and Pennsylvania bounder, and was elected State Senator.

He died 22 Dec 1812, in Little Britain, Orange County, N.Y.[1]


19 Feb 1765 by license James Clinton married Maria De Wit at Wararsink, New York. Entry in Shawangunk II, Book 47 [2]


  1. The Universal Cyclopaedia 1900, vol.3, pg.13, Charles Kendall Adams, LL.D.
  2. https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/6961/42037_647350_0304-00026?pid=2101041

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