Burnet, William, 1688-
Colonial governor; born at The Hague, Holland, in March, 1688, when William of Orange (afterwards William III.
of England) became his godfather at baptism; was a son of Bishop Burnet; became engaged in the South Sea speculations, which involved him pecuniarily, and, to retrieve his fortune, he received the appointment of governor of the colonies of New York and New Jersey.
He arrived in New York in September, 1720.
Becoming unpopular there, he was transferred to the governments of Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
He arrived at Boston in July, 1728, and was received with unusual pomp.
This show he urged in his speech as a proof of their ability to give a liberal support to his government, and acquainted them with the King's instructions to him to insist upon an established salary, and his intention to adhere to it. The Assembly at once took an attitude of opposition to the governor.
They voted him £ 1,700 to enable him to manage public affairs, and to d
Clinton, James 1736-1812
Military officer; born in Ulster (now Orange) county, N. Y., Aug. 9, 1736; son of Charles Clinton; was well educated, but he had a strong inclination for military life.
Before the beginning of the Revolutionary War he was lieutenant-colonel of the militia of Ulster county.
He was a captain under Bradstreet in the capture of Fort Frontenac in 1758; and he afterwards was placed in command of four regiments for the protection of the frontiers of Ulster and Orange counties — a position of difficulty and danger.
When the war for independence broke out, he was appointed colonel of the 3d New York Regiment (June 30, 1775), and accompanied Montgomery to Quebec.
Made a brigadier-general in August, 1776, he was active in the service; and was in command of Fort Clinton, in the Hudson Highlands, when it was attacked in October, 1777.
James Clinton. In 1779 he joined Sullivan's expedition against the Senecas with 1,500 men. He was stationed at Albany during a g