Major General James Clinton
was born on 9 August 1733 at Ulster County, New York. Major General James Clinton was born on 9 August 1736 at Little Britain, Orange County, New York. He was the son of Col. Charles Clinton
and Elizabeth Denniston
. Major General James Clinton married Maria De Witt
, daughter of Egbert De Witt
and Mary Nottingham
, on 18 February 1765 at Neponach, Orange County, New York. Major General James Clinton married Mary Little
Major General James Clinton died on 22 December 1812 at Little Britain, Orange County, New York, at age 76.
James Clinton (August 9, 1733 – September 22, 1812) was an American Revolutionary War soldier who obtained the rank of major general.
He was born in Ulster County in the colony of New York, in a location now part of Orange County, New York. He was the brother of George Clinton, who was governor of New York from 1777 to 1795 and U.S. Vice President from 1805 to 1812. James Clinton's wife was Mary DeWitt, daughter of an old Dutch family, and his second son was DeWitt Clinton, later Governor of New York.
James Clinton served in the New York militia during the French and Indian War. In 1758 he participated (along with his father Lt. Colonel Charles Clinton) in Lt. Col. John Bradstreet’s capture of Fort Frontenac (now Kingston, Ontario).
 American Revolutionary War
During the American Revolution, Clinton commanded the 3rd New York Regiment, which took part in Brig. Gen. Richard Montgomery’s unsuccessful expedition to Quebec in 1775. In March of 1776, Clinton was commissioned as a colonel in the 2nd New York Regiment and was promoted to brigadier general in the Continental Army in August of that same year.
He served most of the war in the Northern Department, along the New York frontier. During the Saratoga Campaign in 1777, he commanded Fort Montgomery in the Hudson Highlands. He participated in a successful effort to prevent British General Sir Henry Clinton from rescuing General John Burgoyne at Saratoga, but he and his troops were unable to hold Forts Clinton and Montgomery.
Plaque on the Monument at the site of Gen. Clinton's damIn 1779 Clinton led an expedition down the Susquehanna River after making the upper portion navigable by damming up the river's source at Otsego Lake, allowing the lake's level to rise, and then destroying the dam and flooding the river for miles downstream. This event is described by James Fenimore Cooper in the introduction to his popular novel The Pioneers. At Tioga, New York, Clinton met up with General John Sullivan's forces, who had marched from Easton, Pennsylvania. Together on August 29, they defeated the Tories and Indians at the Battle of Newtown (near today's city of Elmira, New York). This became known as the "Sullivan-Clinton Campaign" or the "Sullivan Expedition."
In 1780, Clinton temporarily commanded the Northern Department. By October 1781, his brigade had joined George Washington's army in the siege of Yorktown.