George  Clinton

George Clinton (abt. 1739 - 1812)

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George Clinton
Born about in Little Britain, Ulster County, New Yorkmap
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Died in Washington, District of Columbiamap
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Preceded by
3rd Vice President
Aaron Burr

Preceded by
Office established by
NY Constitution of 1777

2nd Governor
John Jay
George Clinton
4th Vice President of the United States
Vice Presidential Seal

1st Governor of
New York

Seal of the State of New York
Succeeded by
5th Vice President
Elbridge Gerry

Succeeded by
2nd Governor

John Jay

3rd Governor
Morgan Lewis



George was an American soldier and statesman, and has been considered one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He served as Governor of New York from 1777 to 1795, then again from 1801 to 1804, then serving as the fourth Vice President of the United States from 1805 to 1812, serving under Presidents Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. He is the longest-serving governor in the history of the United States (at a total of 21 years and six terms in office), and he and John C. Calhoun are the only persons to have served as Vice President under two different U.S. Presidents.


On February 7, 1770, Clinton married Sarah Cornelia Tappen (d. 1800); they had five daughters and one son:[1]

  1. Catharine Clinton (November 5, 1770 – January 10, 1811); married firstly, to John Taylor, and secondly Pierre Van Cortlandt, Jr.
  2. Cornelia Tappen Clinton (June 29, 1774 – March 28, 1810); married Edmond-Charles Genet
  3. George Washington Clinton (October 18, 1778 – March 27, 1813); married Anna Floyd, daughter of William Floyd
  4. Elizabeth Clinton (July 10, 1780 – April 8, 1825); married Matthias B. Tallmadge
  5. Martha Washington Clinton (October 12, 1783 – February 20, 1795)
  6. Maria Clinton (October 6, 1785 – April 17, 1829); married Dr. Stephen D. Beekman, a grandson of Pierre Van Cortlandt

Death and Burial

George Clinton died on April 20, 1812, in Washington, D. C., while still a sitting Vice President. He was originally buried at the Congressional Cemetery, Washington, D. C. On May 11, 1908, he was reinterred in the First Dutch Reformed Church Cemetery, Kingston, N.Y. You can read transcripts of newspaper articles about the reinterment at the Congressional Cemetery website.


  • Three U.S. states have named counties in Vice President Clinton's honor. They are: Missouri, New York, and Ohio.


  1. Wikipedia Accessed 11/4/2014 09:27 PST
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  • You can read an article about George Clinton at the US Senate website.

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