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The birth of empire : DeWitt Clinton and the American experience, 1769-1828
Cornog, Evan.
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New York : Oxford University Press, 1998.
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x, 224 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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"As mayor, governor, and senator, and as father of the Erie Canal and a dozen other major institutions and initiatives, DeWitt Clinton is arguably the most important person ever to lead the Empire City and the Empire State. His is a grand story, and in Evan Cornog he has found a grand biographer."--Kenneth T. Jackson, Columbia University

Author Notes

Evan Cornog was educated at Harvard and Columbia, and has taught American history at Columbia, LaGuardia Community College (CUNY), and Lafayette College. He also worked as Press Secretary for former Mayor Edward I. Koch of New York City. Currently, he is Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University.

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When someone who "served brilliantly as press secretary" to a recent mayor of New York City writes a biography of a former mayor--even of one in office more than a century and a half earlier--readers discover that no mayor is always fully dressed. The indefatigable DeWitt Clinton--socialized to 18th-century gentry values but coming to maturity in an increasingly market-oriented and democratic society--stretched and accommodated enough to be appointed as the city's mayor for 12 years and to serve as the state's governor twice. He spearheaded the construction of the Erie Canal, promoted public education, advanced New York's institutions of high culture, and fought discrimination against Irish immigrants. Cornog demonstrates that the strengths and foibles of political officeholders are especially evident to those who live close to them, whether as press secretaries or biographers. Cornog respects Clinton's political success and achievements, even as he apparently comes to dislike the man. All levels. J. L. Cooper DePauw University

Table of Contents

Introduction: Gentlemen of New Yorkp. 3
1 Political Apprenticep. 12
2 Political Journeymanp. 22
3 Clintonians and Burritesp. 39
4 Mayor Clintonp. 54
5 Clintonian Culturep. 62
6 Clintonians and Quidsp. 73
7 New York and the Nationp. 84
8 Launching the Canalp. 104
9 Clintonian Intellectp. 118
10 The Governorp. 127
11 Resurrectionp. 145
12 The Canal and Its Consequencesp. 158
13 End of a Careerp. 173
Notesp. 187
Bibliographyp. 211
Indexp. 221