Saturday, June 28, 2008

PODCAST: DeWitt Clinton and the Erie Canal


Meet former mayor, governor, senator and privileged son DeWitt Clinton, one of New York's most successful politicians and champion of the Erie Canal.


Listen to it for free on iTunes or other podcasting services. Or you can download or listen to it HERE




In this painting by C.Y. Turner, Clinton ceremonially pours a bucket of Lake Eric water into the Hudson River


DeWitt's uncle George, war hero and tenacious governor of New York


This John William Hill painting from 1829 depicts a bucolic stretch of the canal




A very early locomotive, the Dewitt Clinton, ran for two years starting in 1831, running between Albany and Schenectady.

2 comments:

  1. Looks eerily like British Prime Minister David Cameron. Thanks for an absolutely brilliant podcast.

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  2. This is so exciting and interesting to see!! I will pass this onto family to view!! Dewitt Clinton is my great 3X grandfather. My mother has a diary of his that is quite interesting about his trip on a boat from England. Holley Hackett Hall

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