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Who was Erie Canal DeWitt?

Who was Erie Canal DeWitt?

DeWitt Clinton, (born March 2, 1769, Little Britain, N.Y. [U.S.]—died Feb. 11, 1828, Albany, N.Y., U.S.), American political leader who promulgated the idea of the Erie Canal, which connects the Hudson River to the Great Lakes. DeWitt Clinton was the nephew of Governor George Clinton of New York.

Who was governor of New York during the building of the Erie Canal?

Governor Dewitt Clinton
In 1825, Governor Dewitt Clinton officially opened the Erie Canal as he sailed the packet boat Seneca Chief along the Canal from Buffalo to Albany.

Who was DeWitt Clinton — and what role did he play in the construction of the Erie Canal?

DeWitt Clinton (1769-1828), often referred to as the “Father of the Erie Canal,” served in the New York State Legislature and the U.S. Senate, and was Mayor of New York City and Governor of New York State.

How old was DeWitt Clinton when died?

58 years (1769–1828)
DeWitt Clinton/Age at death

What did DeWitt Clinton want?

Clinton was Governor of New York from 1817 to 1822 and from 1825 to 1828, presiding over the construction of the Erie Canal. Clinton believed that infrastructure improvements could transform American life, drive economic growth, and encourage political participation.

What president was responsible for the Erie Canal?

In 1817 Congress did pass an act providing for the funding of a canal for New York but President James Madison, a Jeffersonian Democrat, vetoed the bill.

Which two cities does the Erie Canal link together?

The Erie Canal, opened in 1825, tied New York City and its port to Buffalo and the westward-expanding country.

Where is DeWitt Clinton buried?

The Green-Wood Cemetery, New York, NY
DeWitt Clinton/Place of burial

What political party was DeWitt Clinton?

Federalist Party
DeWitt Clinton/Parties

What is DeWitt Clinton Professor?

Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor Emeritus of History, specializes in the Civil War and Reconstruction, slavery, and 19th-century America. He is one of only two persons to serve as President of the Organization of American Historians, American Historical Association, and Society of American Historians.

Is the Erie Canal still used?

Since the 1990s, the canal system has been used primarily by recreational traffic, although a small but growing amount of cargo traffic still uses it. Today, the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor covers 524 miles (843 km) of navigable water from Lake Champlain to the Capital Region and west to Buffalo.