• Founding Father George Clinton Signs Land Grant For John Tayler

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    GEORGE CLINTON (July 26, 1739-April 20, 1812) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. A prominent Democratic-Republican, Clinton served as the fourth vice-president of the United States from 1805 until his death in 1812, serving under Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.  He also served as governor of New York from 1777 to 1795.

     

    Partly-printed document signed by Clinton, being a land grant of 500 acres in Louisville Township, Montgomery County, NY, on the “15th day of November 1787” to John Tayler “...reserving to ourselves Gold and Silver Mines, and five acres of every hundred acres of the said tract of land for highways...” Signed on June 4, 1788.

     

    The JOHN TAYLER referred to in the document may be the former Lieutenant Governor of New York who lost two special elections for governor to DeWitt Clinton.   Tayler had an event at his home at which Alexander Hamilton gave a speech about New York politics. Tayler’s son-in-law Charles D. Cooper, who was in attendance, wrote a letter to Philip Schuyler, Alexander Hamilton’s father-in-law, regarding the discussion. His letter specified disparaging remarks Hamilton made about Aaron Burr. The letter was intercepted and published in a local paper. This was the final straw which led to the infamous Hamilton-Burr Duel.

     

    Expected light soiling, toning and folds, but a beautiful period document signed by an important founding father.

     

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