George Clinton : yeoman politician of the new republic /
John P. Kaminski ; sponsored by the New York State Commission on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution and the Center for the Study of the American Constitution.
Madison : Madison House, 1993.
viii, 342 p. : ill.
0945612176 (pbk.) 0945612184 (hc)
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1993-06-15:
Two hundred years before there was a President Clinton, there was a Vice President George Clinton, who served under both presidents Thomas Jefferson and James Madison as an ardent supporter of antifederalism. In an age of giants such as Washington, Adams, and Hamilton, Clinton's light shone less brightly but no less steadily, as he served in public office virtually all his adult life--including six consecutive terms as governor of New York. Author Kaminski (Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison) has done an able and thorough job of bringing to light and life one of the almost forgotten personages of our country's early heritage. Kaminski's scholarly pursuit of the details of Clinton's life and career would be admirable under any circumstances, but it is made more so by the fact that many of Clinton's papers were lost in a library fire. The first biography of Clinton in over 50 years, this work is recommended for academic and large public library collections.-- Katherine Gillen, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Long Description
From an upstart Ulster County militia officer to 'Pharaoh of New York' and vice president under both Jefferson and Madison, George Clinton cast a political shadow over the young republic for almost forty years. As outspoken supporter of the patriot cause, antifederalism, and later of Republican politics, he dominated the imbroglio of New York politics until his death in 1812. The first biography of this pivotal figure in over half a century, George Clinton analyzes the public career of this leader who, because of the destruction of his papers, has remained largely lost to history. In addition to exploring the complexities of Clinton's life, Kaminski clarifies the often arcane issues of Confederation politics. His mastery of detail, his broad knowledge of the period, and his sensitivity to the subtleties of politics on state and national levels enable him to redefine Clinton and his age. George Clinton describes how politics worked from county to Congress and how Clinton worked from behind the scenes to dominate New York. In a revelatory new interpretation, Kaminski describes how Clinton, the leading Antifederalist in the coutnry, allowed the New York State Convention to ratify the Constitution in pursuit of his ambition to become Washington's first vice president and ultimately, his successor. With this book Clinton is given his rightful place in American historiography alongside Patrick Henry, Alexander Hamilton, and Samuel Adams.
Main Description
The first biography in over half a century of New York's first governor and vice president under Jefferson and Madison, George Clinton analyzes the public career of this pivotal founder who has remained lost to history.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 1
George Clinton: The Enigmap. 1
Preparing for Leadershipp. 11
Laying the Foundationp. 11
The Lawyer Becomes a Legislatorp. 14
An Advantageous Marriagep. 16
The Call to Congressp. 17
The Militia Generalp. 19
The Wartime Governorp. 23
The General Becomes Governorp. 23
Outnumbered in the Highlandsp. 27
Further Defenses for the Hudsonp. 36
Slaughter on the Frontierp. 37
Stemming the Mutiniesp. 41
A Stronger Congressp. 44
A New Dangerp. 49
Business With the Commander-in-Chiefp. 51
The Governor's Advicep. 52
The State Reunitedp. 54
The Commander-in-Chief and the Governor Partp. 56
Shaping the Empire Statep. 59
The State Faces Peacep. 59
Vermont Speechesp. 63
The Loyalist Problemp. 77
The Western Lands Endangeredp. 81
The Western Postsp. 85
The Impost: A Harbor for Whose Benefit?p. 89
A Devastated Economyp. 96
Mobocracyp. 107
The New Constitutionp. 113
The Constitutional Conventionp. 113
Attacked by an Old Friendp. 122
A Quiet Stancep. 131
Electing the Governorp. 139
The State Conventionp. 148
A Second General Conventionp. 166
An Antifederalist Vice Presidentp. 169
A Fifth Termp. 178
A State Republican Leaderp. 191
Rebuilding a Majorityp. 191
Reacting to Hamilton's Planp. 197
Campaigning in '92p. 201
A Tarnished Victoryp. 211
A National Republicanp. 229
A Second Attempt at the Vice Presidencyp. 229
The Decision to Retirep. 237
A Short Retirementp. 249
Another Term as Governorp. 255
The Vice Presidencyp. 273
An Unsuccessful Bid for the Presidencyp. 278
The Lamented Patriotp. 289
Notesp. 295
Bibliography of Short Titlesp. 335
Indexp. 337
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