Did you ever wonder who Daniel D. Tompkins was and his significance to P.S. 69? Daniel D. Tompkins
was one of the highest elected public officials to live on Staten Island. Born in 1774 in Scarsdale,
N.Y., he was elected to the state legislature in 1803. The following year he was elected to
Congress, but resigned to serve on the New York State Supreme Court. He ran for governor of
New York in 1807, and served for 10 years.
After the War of 1812, Tompkins purchased a large tract of land. This land, on
Staten Island, is now known as Tompkinsville. A few years later, Tompkins became vice president of the
United States under President James Monroe from 1817 to 1825. He lived on Staten Island from 1815
until he died in 1825.
Staten Island schools have been named after significant people, places, and things related to the borough. We are proud to be named after such an important Staten Islander.