@Sixth Vice President of the U.s.a, Timeline and Life
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On February 20, 1798, Daniel Tompkins married Hannah Minthorne, the 16-year-old daughter of Assistant Alderman on the Common Council, Mangle Minthorne. The couple was blessed with eight children.
Daniel Tompkins died on June 11, 1825, in Tompkinsville, Staten Island, New York, at the age of 50. He was buried in the Minthorne vault in the west yard of St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery, New York City.
Daniel Tompkins was born on June 21, 1774, in Scarsdale, Westchester County, New York, to Jonathan Griffin Tompkins, and his wife, Sarah Anny Hyatt. He was one of the eleven children of his parents, both of whom worked as tenant farmers.
In 1795, Tompkins completed his graduation from Columbia College, New York, as a valedictorian. Thereafter, he studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1797, practicing in New York, and later served as a bankruptcy commissioner.
In 1801, he was appointed a delegate to the New York State Constitutional Convention. In 1803, he became a member of the New York State Assembly.
In 1804, he was elected to the United States House of Representatives. He never took his seat and instead resigned to become an associate justice of the New York Supreme Court; he served in this capacity from 1804 to 1807.
In 1807, he won the governorship of New York against the incumbent Governor Morgan Lewis, and became the Fourth Governor of the city. He was re-elected several times in the later years; 1810, 1813 and 1816.
An opponent of banking interests, Tompkins took the unique step of proroguing the state legislature in 1812, in order to prevent the chartering of a banking institution in New York.
Between 1807 and 1817, as the Governor of New York, he encouraged school improvements and emphasized on a more liberal penal code, including a reduction in the number of crimes eligible for capital punishment.
During the War of 1812, Tompkins proved to be one of the most active war governors. He was largely responsible in reorganizing the state militia and promoted the development of a standing state military force based on select conscription.
Tompkins also played a significant role for the passage of legislation prohibiting slavery in the state, and advocated the creation of a firm final date for the abolition of slavery in the United States.