George Clinton (1686-1761) naval officer and colonial governor of New York. Clinton's sister-in-law was the sister to Thomas Pelham-Holles, first Duke of Newcastle, who lived at Claremont. Clinton enjoyed the Duke's patronage, becoming commodore-governor of Newfoundland in 1731, and commodore of the Mediterranean Fleet from 1736-8. He was promoted to rear admiral in 1743 but was never entrusted with any lucrative commands. In July 1741 Newcastle secured his appointment as governor of New York, and he arrived in the colony in September 1743. He was opposed by many of the colonists, most notably James DeLancey, the colony's leading merchant, and replaced in May 1753.