Daniel D. Tompkins

Daniel D. Tompkins

Scarsdale, Westchester County, New York, USA
Death 11 Jun 1825 (aged 50)
Tompkinsville, Richmond County (Staten Island), New York, USA
Burial Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Memorial ID 1039 · View Source
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Governor of New York, US Vice President. A member of the Democratic-Republican Party, he served as the 6th US Vice President under the two terms of President James Monroe from March 1817 until March 1825. Born at his family estate of Fox Meadow, he attended Columbia College in New York City, New York where he studied law and graduated in 1795. Two years later he was admitted to the bar and began practicing law in New York City. In 1801 he was a delegate to the New York State Constitutional Convention in 1801 and became a member of the New York State Assembly in 1804, and was elected to the 9th US Congress, but resigned before the beginning of the term to accept an appointment as associate justice of the New York Supreme Court, serving from 1804 to 1807. In April 1807 he was elected governor of New York by defeating incumbent Governor Morgan Lewis and was re-elected to three additional terms, serving until 1817. During the War of 1812 he played an important role in reorganizing the state militia and promoted the formation of a standing state military force based on select conscription, often investing his own capital and borrowing money when the state legislature would not approve the necessary funds. In 1814 he declined an appointment as US Secretary of State by President James Madison, instead accepting appointment as commander of the federal military district that included New York City. After the conclusion of the War of 1812, he failed to recover the money he invested in organizing the state militia, despite endless litigation, which took a toll on his health and induced the alcoholism that would later affect his performance as US Vice President. In 1816 he was elected US Vice President on the ticket with James Monroe and was reelected in 1820. He would be the last Vice President to be elected to two terms with the same President until Thomas R. Marshall was elected Vice President, first in 1912 with Woodrow Wilson and again in 1916. In 1820, while serving as the US Vice President, he ran for Governor of New York against incumbent DeWitt Clinton and lost. From 1820 to 1821 he was Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of New York. He died at the age of 50, three months after leaving office and had the shortest post-vice presidency of any person who survived the office. Tompkinsville, a neighborhood on Staten Island, New York City, is named for him. In 1911 the Daniel D. Tompkins Memorial Chapel at the Masonic Home in Utica, New York was built in his honor.

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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Daniel D. Tompkins (21 Jun 1774–11 Jun 1825), Find a Grave Memorial no. 1039, citing Saint Marks Church-In-The-Bowery Churchyard, Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .