Daniel D. TOMPKINS, Congress, NY (1774-1825)


TOMPKINS, Daniel D., (brother of Caleb Tompkins), a Representative from New York and a Vice President of the United States; born in Fox Meadows (later Scarsdale), Westchester County, N.Y., June 21, 1774; completed preparatory studies; graduated from Columbia College, New York City, in 1795; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1797 and began practice in New York City; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1801; member, State assembly 1803; elected to the Ninth Congress, but resigned before the beginning of the congressional term to accept an appointment as associate justice of the State supreme court, in which capacity he served from 1804 to 1807; Governor of New York 1807-1817; declined an appointment as Secretary of State of the United States tendered by President James Madison; elected Vice President of the United States on the ticket with James Monroe in 1816; reelected in 1820 and served from March 4, 1817, to March 3, 1825; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1821, serving as its president; died in Tompkinsville, Staten Island, N.Y., June 11, 1825; interment in the Minthorne vault in St. Mark’s Churchyard, New York City.


Irwin, Ray W. Daniel D. Tompkins: Governor of New York and Vice President of the United States. New York: New-York Historical Society, 1968.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present