c. 1797 Charles Saint-Mmin Engraved Portrait of George Clinton the Fourth Vice President of the United States
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c. 1797, Superb Engraved Large Die Sunk Embossed Portrait of Founding Father George Clinton, 4th Vice President of the United States, by Charles Saint-Mmin, Superb Extremely Fine.
Charles Balthazar Julien Fvret de Saint-Mmin (1770-1852), original Engraved Portrait of George Clinton, American Revolution Patriot and Soldier, Governor of New York, and the 4th Vice President of the United States. Saint-Mmin was noted for his portraits of prominent Americans including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and John Marshall and many others. An exquisite high quality period original engraving, made circa 1797.
It appears to be a Die Sunk Proof Impression, inscribed within the Plate: “St. Memin No. 27 Pine St. N. York.” It measures about 3 x 3" within the plate mark. The original full printed sheet measuring 6” x 8.5” has been expertly tipped onto a larger 10 x 12" sheet. Listed as #174 on page 272 of the reference: “Saint Memin and the Neoclassical Profile Portrait in America” by Ellen G. Miles.
George Clinton was Governor of New York from 1777 to 1795, and again from 1801 to 1804, he then served as the fourth Vice President of the United States from 1805 to 1812, under Presidents Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. George Clinton (July 26, 1739 - April 20, 1812) was an American soldier and statesman, considered 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. He also served as Governor of New York from 1777 to 1795 and from 1801 to 1804. Along with John C. Calhoun, he is one of two vice presidents to hold office under two different presidents.
Clinton served in the French and Indian War, rising to the rank of lieutenant in the Colonial NY militia. He began a legal practice after the war and served as a district attorney for New York City.
Clinton became Governor of New York in 1777 and remained in that office until 1795. Clinton supported the cause of independence during the American Revolutionary War and served in the Continental Army despite his gubernatorial position. During and after the war, Clinton was a major opponent of Vermont's entrance into the union due to disputes over land claims.
Opposed to the ratification of the United States Constitution, Clinton became a prominent Anti-Federalist and advocated for the addition of the United States Bill of Rights. In the early 1790s, he emerged as a leader of the incipient Democratic-Republican Party, and Clinton served as the party's vice presidential candidate in the 1792 presidential election. Clinton received the third most electoral votes in the election, as President George Washington and Vice President John Adams both won re-election. Clinton did not seek re-election in 1795, but served as Governor again from 1801 to 1805. He was the longest-serving Governor in U.S. history until Terry Branstad surpassed his record in 2015.
Clinton was again tapped as the Democratic-Republican Vice Presidential Nominee in the 1804 election, as President Thomas Jefferson dumped Aaron Burr from the ticket. Clinton sought his party's Presidential nomination in the 1808 election, but the party's congressional nominating caucus instead nominated James Madison. Despite his opposition to Madison, Clinton was re-elected as Vice President.
Clinton died in 1812, leaving the office of Vice President vacant for the first time in U.S history. Clinton's nephew, DeWitt Clinton, continued the Clinton New York political dynasty after his uncle's death.