Author Archives: Celeste Brewer

About Celeste Brewer

Processing Archivist at the Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

The Other DeWitt Clinton Chair

Most of the time, when people at Columbia talk about the DeWitt Clinton chair, they mean the professorial chair in American History currently held by Eric Foner.  At the Rare Book Manuscript Library, however, we mean a literal chair on display in the Corliss Lamont reading room.  As its tarnished silver plaque notes, this is the chair “in which GOV. DE WITT CLINTON was seated at the time of his death.”

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