This Day in History: Fun Fact
There's no question that politics ran in Clinton's family. His father, Charles, immigrated to New York from Ireland and served in the New York colonial assembly. His brother, James, served as a major general during the Revolutionary War. In addition, James’ son, DeWitt Clinton, would follow in his uncle’s footsteps and serve as the governor of New York from 1817 to 1823.
Clinton had a close friendship with George Washington, and his hatred of New York Tories wasn't lost on anyone. In fact, as governor, he tried to keep the public’s tax burden low by confiscating and selling land belonging to Tories to maintain state coffers.
Clinton went on to represent New York in the Continental Congress and voted in favor of the Declaration of Independence, but was not present to sign the document because he had already left to serve General Washington on the battlefield. Though Clinton refused to espouse the U.S. Constitution until the Bill of Rights was added to the document, he remained a steadfast supporter of the new federal government and threw a celebratory feast for President Washington after riding with him to his first inauguration on April 30, 1789.