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  • Admiral of the Fleet Sir Charles Hardy, Governor of New York (c.1714 - 1780)
    Admiral of the Fleet and Governor of Colonial New York. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Admiral of the Fleet Sir Charles Hardy (ca. 1714 – 18...
  • Col. Sir William Cosby, Governor of New York (1690 - 1736)
    General Notes: Brigadier-General in the Army, Colonel of the Royal Irish Colonel William Cosby arrived in New York City in August of 1732 to assume his duties as royal governor of the province of N...
  • Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt, 26th President of the USA (1858 - 1919)
    Theodore Roosevelt Jr. was an American statesman, author, explorer, soldier, naturalist, and reformer who served as the 26th President of the United States from 1901 to 1909. He also served as the 25th...
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd President of the USA (1882 - 1945)
    Franklin Delano Roosevelt (January 30, 1882 – April 12, 1945) commonly known as FDR , was an American statesman and political leader who served as the 32nd President of the United States from 1933 unti...
  • Governor Peter Minuit (1580 - 1638)
    Peter Minuit was the Third Director-General of New Netherland. He is credited with purchasing the Island of Manhattan from the Lenape indians on May 24, 1626 In 1631 Governor Minuit was recalled to H...

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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