George Clinton (vice president)

vice president of the United States from 1805 to 1812

George Clinton (July 26, 1739 – April 20, 1812) was an American soldier and politician. He was the first (and longest-serving) governor of New York. He then was Vice President of the United States under Thomas Jefferson and James Madison (1805–1812).

George Clinton
Official portrait, 1814
4th Vice President of the United States
In office
March 4, 1805 – April 20, 1812
PresidentThomas Jefferson and
James Madison
Preceded byAaron Burr
Succeeded byElbridge Gerry
1st Governor of New York
In office
July 30, 1777 – June 30, 1795
LieutenantPierre Van Cortlandt
Succeeded byJohn Jay
In office
July 1, 1801 – June 30, 1804
LieutenantJeremiah Van Rensselaer
Preceded byJohn Jay
Succeeded byMorgan Lewis
Personal details
Born(1739-01-26)26 January 1739
Little Britain, New York
DiedApril 20, 1812 (aged 72)
Washington, DC

Clinton was born in the state of New York. Clinton fought with the British in the French and Indian War.

Clinton was a member of the Continental Congress and voted for the Declaration of Independence. He was a friend of George Washington and served with and supplied the Continental Army.

Clinton was a member of the Democratic-Republican Party. Clinton was vice president under two different presidents. He is one out of two vice presidents who did this; John C. Calhoun served under two presidents as well. Clinton was also a candidate for president in the 1808 election and did receive six electoral votes.

DeWitt Clinton, his nephew, also became governor of New York. George Clinton is of no relation to the 42nd president, Bill Clinton, who took his stepfather's surname as a child.