Hannah Tompkins

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This article is about the wife of Vice President Daniel Tompkins. For the artist, see Hannah Tompkins (artist).
Hannah Tompkins
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Born Hannah Minthorne
(1781-08-28)August 28, 1781
New York City, New York
Died February 18, 1829(1829-02-18) (aged 47)
Tompkinsville, Staten Island
Spouse(s) Daniel D. Tompkins

Hannah Minthorne Tompkins (August 28, 1781 – February 18, 1829) was the wife of Daniel D. Tompkins, Governor of New York, and Vice President of the United States during the administration of James Monroe.

Born on August 28, 1781, Hannah Minthorne was the second child of Mangle Minthorne (1740–1824), a prominent Democratic-Republican Party member in New York City,[1] by his second wife, Aryet Constable Minthorne (1743–1830), of New York City. On February 20, 1798, 16-year-old Hannah married Daniel D. Tompkins, a 23-year-old lawyer of the City.[2][3] At the time of the marriage, her father was Assistant in the Common Council, and young Tompkins had designs on a political career. Hannah was ill in the year before her husband became Vice-President, and did not attend his inauguration.[4]

From 1800 to 1814, the couple had eight children, including Arietta Minthorn Tompkins (born July 31, 1800), who married a son of Smith Thompson in 1818, and (Mangle) Minthorne Tompkins (December 26, 1807 – June 5, 1881), who was the Free Soil Party candidate for Governor of New York in 1852. Their children Hannah and Minthorne were named after their mother, and Hannah and Minthorne streets in Staten Island are named for them.[5]

Hannah survived her husband by nearly four years; she died on February 18, 1829, in Tompkinsville, Staten Island. She and her husband are buried in the Minthorne family vault at St. Mark's-in-the-Bouwerie, in lower Manhattan.[4]


  1. ^ Homberger, Eric. Mrs. Astor's New York: Money and Social Power in a Gilded Age, p. 55 (2002)
  2. ^ Irwin, Ray W. Daniel D. Tompkins: Governor of New York and Vice President of the United States, p. 27 (1968)
  3. ^ (3 March 1798). Marriages, The Weekly Magazine, p. 160 (1798)
  4. ^ a b Dunlap, Leslie W. Our Vice-Presidents and Second Ladies, p. 32-34 (1988)
  5. ^ Platt, Tevah (3 June 2010). Neighborhood still memorializes Daniel Tompkins, Staten Island Advance

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Honorary titles
Preceded by
Ann Gerry
Second Lady of the United States
Succeeded by
Floride Calhoun
Preceded by
Gertrude Livingston
First Lady of New York
Succeeded by
Margarita Van Valkenburgh