There are 22 towns named Clinton in the United States. Many of them are named for DeWitt Clinton. He was mayor of New York City, a US Senator, a 2-term Governor of New York, and a Presidential candidate in 1812. While he was New York’s Governor the Erie Canal was built. He was the force behind its construction, and that’s why so many towns were named after him. There are even communities called DeWitt in Arkansas and Illinois.
There are lots of Clintonites in the United States. The largest town called Clinton is probably the one In Maryland, which has almost 36,000 people. Some of the Clinton towns are in counties also named Clinton. There are even 2 Clintons in Canada, in British Columbia and Ontario. The towns named for DeWitt Clinton are in Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, and Mississippi.
Clinton, Connecticut, is the bluefish capital of the world. Clinton, Illinois, has an annual apple and pork festival. In 2016 someone in the town of Clinton, Indiana, posted a fake news story on a website claiming that the mayor was changing its name to avoid any association with Bill and Hillary. In Clinton, Iowa, the Bickelhaupt Arboretum is proud of its collection of dwarf conifers.
Kentucky’s Clinton is named for a riverboat or military captain. Massachusetts’ Clinton is named after the DeWitt Clinton Hotel in New York City. North Carolina’s Clinton was named for Richard Clinton, who was famous during the American Revolution. South Carolina’s Clinton honored Henry Clinton Young, the lawyer who planned the first roads in the area. Montana’s Clinton was named for General Sir Henry Clinton. It’s claim to fame is its Testicle Festival during which guests are served cattle testicles to demonstrate their food value.
Louisiana’s Clinton has been used as a film location. Sounder, The Long, Hot Summer and the 2006 Dukes of Hazzard movie are among the ones made there. Maine’s Clinton is the dairy capital of The Pine Tree State. In Missouri’s Clinton in 2006 the Elks’ Lodge collapsed during a meeting. The result was 1 fatality and 9 humans pulled from rubble. New Jersey’s Clinton was called the worst radon hotspot in the United States by the New York Times in 1988. In 1865 James Wilkes Booth stopped in Clinton, Maryland, 2 hours after killing Abraham Lincoln (that’s his hearse above). Called Robeysville at the time, what-is-now Clinton, Maryland, which was founded in the 1770s and has had several names, was where Booth hoped to pick up weapons and supplies. Oklahoma’s Clinton is where my favorite Route 66 Museum is. Its football team, the Red Tornadoes, has been state champ 16 times.