Daniel D. Tompkins

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Portrait of U.S. Vice President Daniel D Tompkins
Portrait of U.S. Vice President Daniel D Tompkins

Daniel D[ecius?] Tompkins (June 21, 1774June 11, 1825) was entrepreneur, jurist, Congressman, Governor of New York, and the sixth Vice President of the United States.

He was born in Fox Meadows (later Scarsdale), Westchester County, New York. He graduated from Columbia College in New York City, in 1795. He studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1797, practicing in New York City;.

Tompkins was a delegate to the state constitutional convention in 1801, a member of the state Assembly in 1803, and was elected to the United States Congress, but resigned before the beginning of the term to accept an appointment as associate justice of the state supreme court, in which capacity he served from 1804 to 1807. He was Governor of New York from 1807 to 1817. He declined an appointment as United States Secretary of State by President James Madison. He was elected Vice President on the ticket with James Monroe in 1816, and was reelected in 1820, serving from March 4, 1817 to March 3, 1825.

In 1815 Tompkins established a settlement and along the eastern shore of Staten Island that came to be called Tompkinsville. In 1817 he built a dock along the waterfront in the neighborhood and began offering daily steam ferry service between Staten Island and Manhattan.

He was a delegate to the state constitutional convention in 1821, serving as its president. He died in Tompkinsville, three months after retiring as Vice President, and was interred in the Minthorne vault in St. Mark's Churchyard, New York City.

There is evidence that Daniel Tompkins's middle name was Decius. However, others believe that he added the middle initial "D" (which stood for nothing) while a student at Columbia College, to distinguish himself from another Daniel Tompkins there.

Tompkins County, New York, Tompkins Square Park in Manhattan, and the Town of Tompkins are named after him.

Preceded by:
Morgan Lewis
Governor of New York
Succeeded by:
John Tayler
Preceded by:
Elbridge Gerry
Republican Party Vice Presidential candidate
1816 (won), 1820 (won)
Succeeded by:
John C. Calhoun(a)
Preceded by:
Elbridge Gerry
Vice President of the United States
March 4, 1817March 3, 1825
Succeeded by:
John C. Calhoun

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