Clinton is a city in and the county seat of Clinton County, Iowa, United States. The population was 24,469 as of 2020. Clinton, along with DeWitt (also located in Clinton County), was named in honor of the sixth governor of New York, DeWitt Clinton. Clinton is the principal city of the Clinton Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is coterminous with Clinton County. Clinton was incorporated on January 26, 1857.
Elijah Buell was among the first settlers in the Clinton area, established the town of Lyons in 1837. Lyons named after the French city eventually grew and merged into the City of Clinton. Clinton was platted as the town of New York in 1836 by Joseph Bartlett, who was looking for gold deposits in the area.
In 1855, the Chicago, Iowa, Nebraska Railroad announced it would cross the river at Little Rock Island. The Iowa Land Company named it Clinton, in honor of DeWitt Clinton, a general city charter was adopted in 1857.
Clinton's population grew to over 1,000