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John Young, Gov. NY

Birthplace: Chelsea, VT, USA
Death: Died
Cause of death: tuberculosis
Place of Burial: NY, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of John Young, Sr.
Husband of Ellen Brick Young
Father of Mary J Young; Campbell Harris Young; Katharine Lee Buckley; John Young, III and Jane Lee Powell

Managed by: Douglas Arthur Kellner
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About John Young, Gov. NY

John Young was an American politician who served as 15th Governor of New York (1847-48).

He was born in Chelsea, Vermont. As a child, he moved to Freeport (now Conesus), Livingston County, New York. He had only basic schooling but, by self-study accumulated a knowledge of classics and became a law clerk, becoming admitted to the bar in 1829. He entered politics as a Jacksonian Democrat, and shortly afterward moved to the Anti-Masonic Party, on whose ticket he was elected to the Assembly (lower house) of the New York state legislature, beginning service in 1832.

He later moved to the Whig Party, getting elected to the House of Representatives, serving from November 1836 - March 1837, where he served the unexpired term of Philo C. Fuller, and again from 1841 - 43.

In 1845 he returned to the New York State Assembly, as a candidate of the Whigs and Antirenters, and was urged to run against the incumbent Governor, Silas Wright, on the Whig ticket. He defeated Wright and served as the Governor of New York from January, 1847 to the end of 1848. In 1848 he became a strong supporter of Zachary Taylor's candidacy for President of the United States, and was rewarded when Taylor was successful by appointment as Assistant Treasurer of the United States in New York City. He served in the latter post until his death from tuberculosis at the age of 49.

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John Young, Gov. NY's Timeline

June 12, 1802
Chelsea, VT, USA
November 29, 1834
Age 32
New York, New York, USA
October 6, 1838
Age 36
New York, New York, USA
September 25, 1840
Age 38
New York, New York, USA
April 23, 1844
Age 41
New York, New York, USA
November 29, 1850
Age 48
New York, New York, USA
April 23, 1852
Age 49