(1769–1828), political leader and key figure in the building of the Erie Canal. Born in Little Britain, New York, Dewitt Clinton was the son of James Clinton, a Revolutionary War general, and the nephew of George Clinton, a powerful governor of New York (1777–1795). Following his graduation from Columbia College in 1786, Clinton read law, became his uncle's private secretary, was elected to the state assembly in 1795, and served in the state senate from 1798 to 1802.
From The Oxford Companion to United States History in Oxford Reference.
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