Clinton, DeWitt

1820 LS as New York Governor concerning an identity issue with a pardon recommendation

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(1769-1828) US Senator 1802-03, Mayor of New York City 1803-07, 1810, 1811, 1813, 1814-15; 6th New York Governor 1817-21, 1825-28. While Mayor, he organized the Historical Society of New York in 1804 and was its president. He also helped re-organize the American Academy of the Fine Arts in 1808 and was its president 1813-17. He was Regent of the University of New York 1808-25. In 1812, Clinton ran for US President as candidate of both the Federalist Party and a small group of anti-war Democratic-Republicans. He lost to President Madison, receiving 89 electoral votes to Madison's 128, the strongest showing of any Federalist candidate for the Presidency since 1800; the change of the votes of one or two states would have given Clinton the victory. He among the first members of the Erie Canal Commission 1810-24, who projected and surveyed the route to be taken. After 1816, he became the driving force during construction of the Canal. When it was finished in 1825, Governor Clinton opened it, sailing in the packet boat “Seneca Chief” along the Canal into Buffalo. After sailing from the mouth of Lake Erie to New York City he emptied 2 casks of Lake Erie water into New York Hhrbor, celebrating the 1st connection of waters from East to West. It was an immense success, carrying huge amounts of passenger and freight traffic, providing cheap transportation from the Atlantic to the West, drawing traffic to New York State & New York City, which became the most important state and city in America. Clinton was the leader of New York's People’s Party and was a major rival of Martin van Buren, attorney general during Clinton's governorship. He was the nephew of George Clinton. Numerous towns, counties and schools in the eastern United States are named for him. 10 x 8 LS while Governor, Albany, December 23 1820, to J. L. Billings, relating a message Gov. Clinton has received from the New York City Police Office. The communication provides the name and physical description of one Philander Noble, an engraver and printer formerly employed by Fowler of the Bowery as an engraver, “…a drunk and can look like one.” Clinton notes that people can change their names and wonders if he is the same person recommended for a pardon in Billings’ letter. As the description provided will enable Billings to make a determination, Clinton asks Billings to let him know.

Condition: Very good, mail folds, few mild opaque spots
Type:Letter






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