Did You Know? 1860.

Circa 1860 – Photographer Isaac Wetherby – Clinton Street in Iowa City, looking north, directly across from University Square.

Like the two Clinton County, Iowa communities – Clinton and DeWitt – located on the Mississippi River, Clinton Street in Iowa City is named for Governor DeWitt Clinton, the most ardent advocate for the construction of the Erie Canal. DeWitt Clinton (1769 – 1828), served as a United States senator, as the mayor of New York City, and as the seventh governor of New York. Clinton was a major candidate for the American presidency in the election of 1812, challenging incumbent James Madison.

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