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George Clinton

(1686—1761) naval officer and colonial governor


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(1686–1761) colonial governor of New York. Clinton commanded the British Mediterranean fleet (1737). Commissioned as governor of New York in 1741, he did not arrive to take office until 1743. He warned the government that a stamp tax would cause much trouble in the colonies. With Sir William Johnson, he secured the Iroquois as allies in the French and Indian War (1754–63) and placed Johnson in charge of Indian relations. Lengthy border disputes with New Jersey, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts led to a new governor being appointed in 1753. After returning to England in 1754, Clinton bought a seat in Parliament (1754-61); he was named admiral of the fleet in 1757.

From The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Warfare and Defence.


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