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Site of Daniel D. Tompkins Birthplace

 
 
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By Michael Herrick, May 10, 2011
1. Site of Daniel D. Tompkins Birthplace Marker
Inscription.
Near This Spot Was Born June 21st 1774
Daniel D. Tompkins
Governor Of The State Of New York 1807-1817
Vice-President Of The United States 1817-1825
This Site Is Marked By
The Westchester County Historical Society
Through The Generosity Of Charles Butler Esq.
1897

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The monument was given by
The Westchester County Historical Society
Daniel D. Tompkins Lodge No. 1013, F. & A. M.
Edward J. Snyder, Master John Thies, Monument Trustee
The lodge then moved it to this site, donated by
J. Dan Tooker, Jr. and J. Brooke Willis
and dedicated it on June 12, 1976, presenting it to the
Village of Scarsdale, Boine T. Johnson, Jr. Mayor

 
Erected 1897 by the Westchester County Historical Society.
 
Location. 40° 59.928′ N, 73° 47.29′ W. Marker is in Scarsdale, New York, in Westchester County. Marker is at the intersection of White Plains Road (New York State Route 22) and Tompkins Road, on the left when traveling north on White Plains Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Scarsdale NY 10583, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the
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By Michael Herrick, May 10, 2011
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crow flies. Gen. Howe’s Headquarters (approx. half a mile away); Wayside Inn (approx. half a mile away); Scarsdale Bicentennial Time Capsule (approx. 0.9 miles away); White Plains Roll of Honor (approx. 1.8 miles away); Battle of White Plains (approx. 2.2 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of White Plains (approx. 2.2 miles away); Battle Park (approx. 2.2 miles away); a different marker also named Battle of White Plains (approx. 2.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Scarsdale.
 
Regarding Site of Daniel D. Tompkins Birthplace. Daniel D. Tompkins was the youngest governor in NY State History. He was the 6th United States Vice President, under James Monroe.
Upon assuming office of Vice-President, news came out that Tompkins had made a financial muddle of his fund-raising efforts during the war of 1812. An audit reported that Tompkins owed the State of New York over $120,000, a substantial amount at that time.
In working to clarify the facts, Tompkins felt that the United States would at least recognize the extraordinary efforts he had gone to and the personal risk he had assumed in raising funds to wage war against the British. To his astonishment, the federal government concluded that he owed them money, and withheld his annual $5,000 Vice-Presidential salary.
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His basic honesty was established when, upon further investigation of his fund-raising activities for the War of 1812, the government discovered that Tompkins was not in debt to it and was, in fact, owed several thousand dollars by the government. Many years later, this money was finally paid to his descendants. Fewer than three months after relinquishing the Vice-Presidency, Daniel D. Tompkins died at age 50.
Tompkinsville on Staten Island and Tompkins County, New York are named after him.
Tompkins Square in New York City was named for him in honor of the legislation he had signed into state law abolishing slavery.
 
Also see . . .  Daniel D. Tompkins, 6th Vice President (1817-1825). (Submitted on May 16, 2011, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
Categories. Patriots & PatriotismPolitics
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 16, 2011, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 463 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 16, 2011, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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