Clinton, George (1739–1812), a United States political leader. He was elected Vice President of the United States twice—under Thomas Jefferson (1804) and under James Madison (1812).
Clinton was born in Little Britain, New York. After serving in the French and Indian War he studied law. From 1768 to 1775 Clinton was a member of the colonial assembly. He was elected to the Second Continental Congress in 1775, and in December of that year was appointed brigadier general in the Continental Army.
Clinton was the first governor of New York, serving for seven terms between 1777 and 1804. He died while Vice President—the first Vice President to die in office. He was an uncle of DeWitt Clinton.