Today in History – March 25, 1777 George Clinton Commissioned as Brigadier General in the Continental Army
On March 25, 1777, George Clinton, of Little Britain, New York (Orange County) was commissioned as Brigadier General in the Continental Army. In June 1777, he was elected at the same time Governor and Lieutenant Governor of New York. He formally resigned the Lieutenant Governor’s office and took the oath of office as Governor on July 30. He was re-elected five times, remaining in office until June 1795. Although he had been elected Governor, he retained his commission in the Continental Army and commanded forces at Fort Clinton and Fort Montgomery on October 6, 1777. He remained in the Continental Army until it was disbanded on November 3, 1783.
Clinton was known for his hatred of Tories and used the seizure and sale of Tory estates to help keep taxes down. A supporter and friend of George Washington, he supplied food to the troops at Valley Forge, rode with Washington to the first inauguration. In 1783, at Dobbs Ferry, Clinton and Washington negotiated with General Sir Guy Carleton for the evacuation of the British troops from their remaining posts in the United States. In 1787–88, Clinton publicly opposed adoption of the new United States Constitution. Clinton withdrew his objections after the Bill of Rights was added.