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George Clinton
Date: 1739 - 1812
Remarks: Clinton, the governor of New-York for seven terms (1777-1795 and 1801-1804) and vice-president of the United States twice (1805-1812), was one of the leading political figures during the period from the Revolution to the War of 1812. In 1768 he was elected to the Provincial Assembly, where he soon became known as a champion of free speech and free press. As tension mounted between the Colonies and the king, Clinton became an outspoken leader of the Revolutionary cause, and during the war he served as a brigadier general in the Continental Army. He was an ardent opponent of the Federal Constitution, believing it diminished the role of New York State. He died while serving as vice-president during the administration of James Madison.