Daniel D Tompkins, an American statesman, born at Scarsdale, Westchester co., N. Y., June 21, 1774, died on Staten island, June 11, 1825. He graduated at Columbia college in 1795, was admitted to the bar in New York in 1797, and in 1801 was a member of the legislature, and of the convention for revising the state constitution. In 1804 he was elected to congress from the city of New York, but resigned to become one of the associate justices of the supreme court of the state. From 1807 to 1817 he was governor of New York, and he was conspicuous for his support of the national government during the war of 1812. In 1812 he prorogued the legislature for ten months, to prevent the establishment of the bank of America in the city of New York. This measure gave him temporary popularity, but did not defeat the charter of the bank, which was passed in 1813. In a special message to the legislature, Jan. 28, 1817, he recommended the abolition of slavery in the state of New York; and an act for that purpose was accordingly passed, to take effect July 4, 1827. In 1816 he was elected vice president of the United States, and in 1817 resigned the governorship on assuming that office, to which he was reelected in 1820, retiring March 4, 1825.