DeWitt Clinton, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


DeWitt Clinton

American politician

Date of Birth: 02-Mar-1769

Place of Birth: Little Britain, New York, United States

Date of Death: 11-Feb-1828

Profession: politician

Nationality: United States

Zodiac Sign: Pisces

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About DeWitt Clinton

  • DeWitt Clinton (March 2, 1769 – February 11, 1828) 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. A nephew of long-time New York Governor George Clinton, DeWitt Clinton served as his uncle's secretary before launching his own political career.
  • As a Democratic-Republican, Clinton won election to the New York State Legislature in 1798 before briefly serving as a U.S.
  • Senator.
  • Returning to New York, Clinton served three terms as Mayor of New York City and also won election as the Lieutenant Governor of New York.
  • In the 1812 election, Clinton won support from the Federalists as well as a group of Democratic-Republicans dissatisfied with Madison.
  • Though Madison won re-election, Clinton carried most of the Northeastern United States and fared significantly better than the previous two Federalist-supported candidates.
  • After the presidential election, Clinton continued to affiliate with the Democratic-Republican Party. Clinton served as Governor of New York from 1817 to 1822 and from 1825 to 1828, presiding over the construction of the Erie Canal.
  • 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.

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