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DeWitt Clinton

Definition of the noun dewitt clinton

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  1. United States politician who as governor of New York supported the project to build the Erie Canal (1769-1828)


Who is DeWitt Clinton?

DeWitt Clinton was an early American politician and naturalist who served as a United States Senator and was the sixth Governor of New York. In this last capacity, he was largely responsible for the construction of the Erie Canal. Clinton was the leader of New York's People’s Party and was a major rival of Martin Van Buren, who was the Attorney General of New York during Clinton's governorship. Clinton believed that infrastructure improvements could transform American life, drive economic growth, and encourage political participation, and he heavily influenced the development of the New York State and the United States.

  • also known as De Witt Clinton
  • born on (246 years ago) in Little Britain, child of James Clinton
  • nationality: United States of America
  • religion: Presbyterianism
  • education:
  • profession: Politician, naturalist
  • spouses:
  • parent of George W. Clinton
  • died on (187 years ago) in Albany
  • buried in Green-Wood Cemetery
  • written works: "An account of Abimelech Coody and other celebrated writers of New-York", "An address delivered by the most worshipful, the Hon. Dewitt Clinton, Esq. to the Grand Lodge of the State of New-York", "A discourse delivered before the American Academy of the Arts, 23rd October, 1816", "An address to the benefactors and friends of the Free-School Society of New-York", "An introductory discourse", "A discourse delivered before the New-York Historical Society", "An introductory discourse delivered before the Literary and Philosophical Society of New-York", "The martling-man, or, Says I to myself--How is this?", "Jefferson against Madison's war", "A memoir on the antiquities of the western parts of the state of New-York", "Mr. Clinton introduced the following motion, which was read and made the order of the day for to-morrow", "The Republican crisis, or, An exposition of the political Jesuitism of James Madison", "Remarks on the fishes of the western waters of the state of New-York", "Remarks on the proposed canal, from Lake Erie to the Hudson River", "Speeches of the Hon. De Witt Clinton, Esq., in the Senate of the United States, in 1803, against a war with Spain", "Speech of De Witt Clinton", "Speech of the Hon. De Witt Clinton"


The DeWitt Clinton of the Mohawk and Hudson Railroad was the first steam locomotive to operate in the state of New York and the fourth built in the United States.

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Google previewA Dictionary of American Politics (1892)

Comprising Accounts of Political Parties, Measures and Men, and Explanations of the Constitution, Divisions and Practical Workings of the Government, Together with Political Phrases, Familiar Names of Persons and Places, Noteworthy Sayings, Etc., Etc by Everit Brown, Albert Strauss

A split among the Clintonians now threw DeWitt Clinton and the Federalists still more closely together, but in ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of American Recessions and Depressions [2 volumes] (2014)

by Daniel Leab

While commission head Governour Morris and fellow member DeWitt Clinton went to Washington, D.C., in a vain effort to obtain federal funding, other commission members undertook various futile tasks to gain financial support for the canal.

Google previewOhio Encyclopedia (2002)

by Jennifer Herman

The town, which was incorporated in June of 1852, was named in honor of DeWitt Clinton, governor of New York, who had proposed building a canal from the mouth of the Portage River to the Ohio River at Cincinnati. Port Clinton has served ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Iowa Place-Names (2007)

by Tom Savage

was named after DeWitt Clinton, who built the Erie Canal and served as governor of New York. Clinton is the county seat. (137, 163) Crawford County (1851) was named after a noted politician, William Clinton ...

Google previewThe Kentucky Encyclopedia (2015)

by John E. Kleber

DeWitt Clinton. The county seat is Albany. The county's topography is predominantly hilly with level, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the History of St. Louis (1899)

A Compendium of History and Biography for Ready Reference by William Hyde, Howard Louis Conard

July 24, 1820, DeWitt Clinton, general grand high priest of the Royal Arch Masonry. General Grand Royal Arch Chapter of the United States, granted a dispensation for the opening of Missouri Chapter in St. Louis, with Amos Wheeler , as high ...

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Small photo of BROOKLYN, NY - JUNE 4: Governor DeWitt Clinton monument at Green-Wood cemetery in Brooklyn on June 4, 2013. He was United States Senator, New York City Mayor and New York State GovernorSmall photo of CLINTON, MICHIGAN/USA â?? APR 5, 2016: Michigan Historic Site Clinton MI. Named after NY governor DeWitt Clinton it became an important trade center due to its location on Chicago Rd at River Raisin.Small photo of Dewitt Clinton Park. New York. USASmall photo of Dewitt Clinton Park. New York. USASmall photo of Dewitt Clinton Park. New York. USASmall photo of Dewitt Clinton Park. New York. USASmall photo of 1929 re-enactment photo of the DEWITT CLINTON steam engine making its first trip with passengers from Albany to Schenectady on August 9 1831. More...

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Pleasure is a shadow, wealth is vanity, and power a pageant; but knowledge is ecstatic in enjoyment, perennial in frame, unlimited in space and indefinite in duration. (DeWitt Clinton)
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