This is a statue of George Clinton by Henry Kirke Brown in Colden Square, Newburgh, New York. The inscription reads, "Member of Continental Congress 1775-1777; Brigadier General Continental Army 1777; Governor of the State of New York 1777-1795 and 1801-1804; Vice-President of the United States 1809-1912."
George Clinton was a true statesman and was involved in many levels of government. Born in 1739, he was elected to the New York assembly as a young man in 1768. He was a member of the second Continental Congress, and his name would appear on the Declaration of Independence if his military duties had not required him to leave Philadelphia before he could sign the document. He served as a brigadier general in the New York militia and the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. Known as the Father of New York, Clinton was New York's first governor, serving from 1777-1795 and from 1801-1804, longer than any other New York governor to date. In 1804, he was elected Vice President of the United States under President Thomas Jefferson and was reelected in 1808, serving under President James Madison until his death in 1812. He is buried in the First Dutch Reformed Church Cemetery, Kingston, New York.
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