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.

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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.