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  • Lucius Robinson, Governor (1810 - 1891)
    Lucius Robinson (1810–1891) was known as a “guardian of the economy” when he served as Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee in the State Assembly. During the Civil War, he se...
  • Anthony Colve (deceased)
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  • Bastiaen Jansz Krol (1595 - 1674)
    Bastiaen Jansz Krol (also Sebastia(e)n; Jans(s)en; Crol[1] or Crull) (1595, Harlingen – 14 March 1674), was Director-General of New Netherland from 1632 to 1633. When he was 10, Krol's famil...
  • Edward Hyde, 3rd Earl of Clarendon, (1661 - 1723)
    Edward Hyde, 3rd Earl of Clarendon (28 November 1661 – 31 March 1723), styled Viscount Cornbury between 1674 and 1709, was Governor of New York and New Jersey between 1701 and 1708, and is per...
  • Gov. Rip Claes Van Dam (c.1660 - 1749)
    Rip Van Dam (ca. 1660 – 10 June 1749) was the interim acting governor of the Province of New York from 1731 to 1732. As one of the leaders of the republican liberal party, Van Dam confronted t...

Objective

This project brings together the governors of the state of New York. This covers the state in all its historical phases - including colonial times.

Background

The state of New York was born as the Dutch province of New Netherland. After the early exploration of the island of Manhattan by Henry Hudson in 1609 - and the adjacent 'North River' (now called Hudson River) - the chartered Dutch West India Company initially installed trading posts. It took 15 years before the Dutch republic decided to call New Netherland a new province, as a political entity. Given that this was initially a business venture, they nominated 'directors' or 'directors-general' - instead of 'governors' - to the province. Between 1664-1673, the English occupied New Amsterdam and laid claim on the Dutch province. After a brief recapture by the Dutch, between 1673-1674, the Treaty of Westminster sealed the peace. Britain now called this colony the province of New York. Britain continued to rule the province until the Declaration of Independence in 1776. With the Treaty of Paris (1783), Britain formally recognized the independence of its thirteen American colonies, and New York became an independent state that ratified, in 1788, a common constitution for the United States of America.

Governors of New York

Dutch Period - Province of New Netherland

English Period - Province of New York

Dutch Period - Province of New Netherland

  • 1673-1673 : Cornelis Evertsen de Jongste, Jacob Binckes
  • 1673-1674 : Anthony Colve

English Period - Province of New York

Independence - State of New York

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