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Vice President George Clinton
(b. 26 Jul 1739 - d. 20 Apr 1812) Range 31 Site 7
A Delegate from New York and a Vice President of the United States. Born in Little Britain, Orange County, N.Y., completed preparatory studies, served as lieutenant of rangers in the expedition against Fort Frontenac, studied law, practiced in Little Britain. Member of the Continental Congress from May 15, 1775, to July 8, 1776, when he was ordered by General Washington to take the field as brigadier general of militia. Governor of New York 1777-1795 and 1801-1804. First elected Vice President in 1804 as a State Rights Democrat and served until his death in Washington, D.C. Reinterment in the First Dutch Reformed Church Cemetery, Kingston, N.Y., May 11, 1908.
The Evening Star, Wednesday, May 13, 1908
Gives Up Its Dead
Grave of Vice President Clinton Opened
Body To Be Sent Away
Reinterment Will Be Made at Kingston, N.Y.
Examination of the Remains
Sixteen-Ton Monument That Has Marked the Burial Spot in
Congressional Cemetery Dismantled for Shipment
The body of George Clinton, first governor of New York, and Vice President during the administrations of Jefferson and Madison, which was taken from its grave in Congressional cemetery Monday, is now resting in the public vault in the cemetery, and will be carried to New York, May 27. The body will be reburied May 30, in Kingston, N.Y., Gov. Clinton's native town, and where he took the oath of office as first governor of the state in 1777.
A committee appointed by the legislature of New York state has been working for the removal of the body for two years. According to the regulations of the cemetery, it is necessary to obtain the permission of every living descendant before a body can be removed. This consumed several months, and only recently have letters been obtained from the sixteen living descendants granting their full permission.
The disinterment was made in the presence of Benjamin M. Brink, secretary of the New York committee, and Dudley S. Bright of Washington, representing Christ Church, to which the cemetery belongs.
After taking down the sixteen-ton monument and packing it carefully for shipment to Kingston, the coffin was located seven feet below ground, and although the original oak casing had long since rotted away, the metal interior was in an excellent state of preservation.
The casket was taken to the naval hospital, at 9th street and Pennsylvania avenue southeast, where Dr. Lamb made an examination of the body. No jewelry or other articles of identification were found, but Dr. Lamb announced that the body was that of a person who had suffered from rheumatism. As Clinton's letters contain frequent allusions to his sufferings from the rheumatism, the committee was willing to accept the doctor's announcement as identification.
The body was originally wrapped in a white cloth, which was found darkened from the action of the lead of the casket and water which leaked into the coffin through a small hole. Silk stockings in a fine state of preservation were on the lower limbs.
Removal to New York
When the body is taken to New York it will be accompanied to the railway station by several troops of cavalry and other military bodies, and will be met in New York by militia and escorted from one station to the other.
Gov. Clinton died April 20, 1812. He was born in Orange county, N.Y., July 26, 1739. He was a delegate to the second Continental Congress and was elected Governor of New York in April, 1777. He was Vice President under Jefferson during his second term and continued in that office after Jefferson's retirement and while Madison was President, and died in that office.
The Evening Star, Wednesday, May 27, 1908
Honors Paid Clinton
Notable Escort Follows Body From Former Tomb
Cortege Passes Capitol
Vice President Stands Bareheaded as Casket Passes
House Adjourns in Respect
Women With Flags and Flowers Meet Procession at Union Station
Ceremonies at Grave
After resting for four years less than a century in the Congressional cemetery, in this city, the body of George Clinton, once major general in the revolutionary army, first governor of New York and a former Vice President of the United States was today removed to New York city on its way to Kingston, N.Y. for final interment.
elaborate military honors. The remains were escorted from the cemetery to the Union station by military, patriotic , civic and commercial organizations, representatives of the state of New York and descendants of Gov. Clinton.
For the first time in the history of military funerals, at the request of the War Department, women participated in the ceremonies incident to the disinterment. Gen. J. Franklin Bell, chief of staff, U.S.A., was chief marshal of the procession and the escort included a representative of the President of the United States and the Commissioners of the District of Columbia.
Vice President (Charles W. Fairbanks) Stands Bareheaded
Vice President Fairbanks stood with head uncovered on the east stone stairway leading to the United States Senate as the military escort and caisson bearing the remains of Vice President Clinton passed across the Capitol plaza a few minutes before noon.
After the body has passed he glanced at his watch and hurried up the steps to call the Seante to order without waiting for the line of carriages, the G.A.R., Spanish War Veterans and Army and Navy Union delegations to pass.
The House of Representatives on motion of Mr. Sherman of New York took a recess for fifteen minutes to permit members to witness the Clinton funeral cortege as it proceeded past the Capitol.
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