J.B. Forest after Ezra Ames (1768–1836)

Governor George Clinton, undated

New-York Historical Society Library, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections

George Clinton (1739–1812) of Ulster County was the most successful and powerful politician in New York. He served as New York's governor from 1777 to 1795 and again from 1801 to 1804. He was president of the New York Ratifying Convention and led the opposition to the Constitution. He served as vice president of the United States under Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, 1805 until his death.