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Clinton, De Witt (02 March 1769–11 February 1828), New York City mayor and New York State governor, was born in Little Britain, New York, the son of James Clinton, a career military man who became a brigadier general in the American army, and Mary De Witt. He was educated by a neighboring Presbyterian minister until he reached age thirteen and then spent two years at the Kingston Academy. After the revolutionary war came to an end, and the city of New York was liberated, Clinton was among the first to enroll at the newly named Columbia College, formerly known as King’s College, which reopened in 1784. On graduating, with honors, in April 1786, he read law in the Manhattan office of ...

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Rolph, James, Jr. (23 August 1869–02 June 1934), mayor of San Francisco and governor of California, was born in San Francisco, California, the son of James Rolph, an English-born bank clerk, and Margaret Nicol, an immigrant from Scotland. After graduating from Trinity School, a private secondary school headed by an Episcopal priest, Rolph worked in a commission house then formed his own shipping and commission company in 1898. After 1900 he engaged in several additional business activities, including banking, shipbuilding, importing, and insurance. In his shipping and shipbuilding enterprises, he dealt only with union labor, a fairly common practice in San Francisco at the time. During the early twentieth century, Rolph became prominent in civic affairs, serving as chairman of the Mission Relief Committee after the earthquake of 1906, president of the Merchant’s Exchange, trustee of the Chamber of Commerce, and vice president of the association sponsoring the Panama Pacific International Exposition....