February 7th, 2017

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Vice Presidential wedding anniversary: the Clintons

On this date in 1770, 30-year-old George Clinton married 26-year-old Sarah Cornelia Tappen. Over the next fifteen years, they had five daughters and one son, the longest-lived of whom died before her 45th birthday. In 1777, George was elected Governor of New York for the first time (he stayed in office until 1795). In 1792, he received 50 electoral votes to John Adams' 77 for Vice President. In March 1800, Sarah died after a long illness, and the next month, George was elected to the New York State Assembly. In 1801, he was elected Governor again, and in 1804, he was elected the fourth Vice President. He was the first Vice President to serve under two Presidents, and in 1812, became the first to die in office.