George W. Clinton
|George William Clinton|
|Portrait of George W. Clinton|
|Mayor of Buffalo|
March 8, 1842–March 14, 1843
|Preceded by||Isaac R. Harrington|
|Succeeded by||Joseph G. Masten|
April 21, 1807|
|Died||September 7, 1885
Albany, New York
|Spouse(s)||Laura Catherine Spencer|
George William Clinton (1807–1885) was mayor of Buffalo, New York, serving in 1842–1843.
He was born in Newtown (now Elmhurst, Queens), on April 21, 1807. He was the son of DeWitt Clinton, grandson of James Clinton, grandnephew of George Clinton and nephew of James G. Clinton and George Clinton, Jr.. George W. Clinton grew up in Albany, New York, and graduated from Hamilton College in 1825. He was admitted to the bar in 1831 and opened an office in Albany.
He arrived in Buffalo in 1836 and settled on the north side of East Mohawk Street between Washington and Ellicott Streets. The same year he organized the local Democratic party with 20 or so other citizens.
On March 22, 1838, he was appointed collector of customs by President Martin Van Buren. In March 1842, Clinton was elected Mayor of Buffalo by a nearly unanimous vote. Although a Democrat, his election was unique in that he was not a party candidate. During his term the City Charter was revised. On March 14, 1843, he presided over his last council meeting.
Clinton was appointed as United States District Attorney for western New York under President James K. Polk in 1847.
On December 5, 1861, the inaugural meeting of the Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences was held; Clinton was the first president of the society and held that position for 20 years.
In 1882, Clinton left Buffalo for Albany to become editor of the Clinton Papers, a collection of papers left by George Clinton. On September 7, 1885, while walking through Rural Cemetery in Albany, he died, still clutching some clover. He was laid to rest in Forest Lawn Cemetery, still clutching the clover he held when he died.
- Through The Mayors' Eyes by Michael Rizzo (The Buffalonian, 2005, ISBN 978-1-4116-3757-3 ; pg. 424)
Isaac R. Harrington
|Mayor of Buffalo, NY
Joseph G. Masten