Beautiful New York

A Celebration of the City

It Happened Today in New York City

On July 1, 1817, Mayor DeWitt Clinton took office as Governor of New York, having been elected to replace John Tayler. Almost right away, he began moving forward on the plan for the Erie Canal, popularly derided as “Clinton’s Ditch” until its opening in 1825 captured the public imagination and insight into its benefits. He also encouraged steam navigation and significantly improved the public school system. Appropriately, he is now the namesake of a locomotive and four high schools, as well as a river, a park, seven counties, and 22 towns in the US.


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