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Clinton, the name of an American family, distinguished in the history of the country. The most noted, member was perhaps De Witt Clinton (1709-1828), whose mother belonged to the Dutch De Witts. Called to the New York bar in 1788, he was for twelve years mayor of New York and Lieut. Governor of the state of New York from 1811-1813, and again at four intervals till 1826. His great work was the bringing about of the construction of the Erie Canal, which he lived to open in 1825.