George W. Clinton

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George William Clinton
Portrait of George W. Clinton
Mayor of Buffalo
In office
March 8, 1842–March 14, 1843
Preceded by Isaac R. Harrington
Succeeded by Joseph G. Masten
Personal details
Born (1807-04-21)April 21, 1807
Elmhurst, Queens
Died September 7, 1885(1885-09-07) (aged 78)
Albany, New York
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Laura Catherine Spencer
Children nine children

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 moved to Canandaigua, New York in 1832 and was later appointed district attorney of Ontario County, New York. He married Laura Catherine Spencer, on May 15, 1832.

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.


Political offices
Preceded by
Isaac R. Harrington
Mayor of Buffalo, NY
Succeeded by
Joseph G. Masten