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Daniel Tompkins:
A Vice Presidential Unit

Daniel D. Tompkins was born at Scarsdale, Westchester County, New York, on June 21, 1774. In 1795, he graduated from Columbia College and in 1797, admitted to the bar. In 1801 he was elected to the state constitutional convention and became a member of the state assembly in 1803. In 1804, although he was elected to the national House of Representatives, he decided to become a judge of the state supreme court. In 1807-1817, he became the Governor of New York and in 1817, became the sixth Vice President of the United States under James Monroe. He borrowed a huge amount of money because of the War of 1812 that he was active in equipping and arming the New York militia. Therefore, there was a shortage of $120,000 in the military accounts. In 1821, he became the president of the state constitutional convention. He died in Staten Island, New York, on June 11, 1825.

Political Party: Democratic-Republican

Years Served: March 4, 1817 – March 4, 1825

President: James Monroe

Name of his parents: Jonathan Griffin Tompkins and Sarah Ann Hyatt Tompkins

Wife's name: Hannah Minthorne

Yearly Salary as Vice President: $5,000

State of Birth: New York

Education: Columbia College

Trivia Questions:

1. What is the neighborhood on Staten Island that was named after him?
Tompkinsville

2. What incident caused his financial woes?
Defense of New York City during the War of 1812 that Tompkins personally endorsed notes for

3. For how long did he live after he left the vice-presidency?
Only 3 months due to alcoholism

Of Note:

- He had the shortest post-vice presidency of any person who survived office.
- He fell into alcoholism and often times he presided over the Senate while drunk.
- He broke five tie-breaking votes in his role of the U.S. Senate.
- Tompkins is buried in St. Mark’s-in-the-Bowery Churchyard cemetery in Manhattan.




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