George earned his way into politics by serving in the French & Indian War & also as a member of the Continental Congress. In 1775, when the Revolution began, he accepted a post of Brigadier General in the Continental Army. He was one of the most popular politicians in Early America. He had the nick-name “The Old Incumbent” because of his many years as New York’s Governor from 1777-1795 & again in 1801-1804. Being a firm Republican, he was one of the main opponents to the ratification of The Constitution. In the election of 1804,Thomas Jefferson chose George for his vice-presidential running mate. He served one term with Jefferson, & another as James Madison’s vice-president. He died in 1812, shortly before the expiration of his term.
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