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  • Kathy Hochul, 57th Governor of New York
    Courtney "Kathy" Hochul (pronounced HOKE-ul; born August 27, 1958) is an American politician who is the 77th and current Lieutenant Governor of the State of New York. She served previously as U.S. Repr...
  • Nathaniel Pitcher, Governor (1777 - 1836)
    Pitcher (November 30, 1777 – May 25, 1836) was an American lawyer and politician who served as the eighth Governor of New York from February 11 to December 31, 1828.BiographyThe son of Nathaniel Pitche...
  • Thomas E. Dewey, 47th Governor of New York (1902 - 1971)
    Thomas Edmund Dewey was the 47th Governor of New York (1943–1954). In 1944 and 1948, he was the Republican candidate for President, but lost both times. He led the liberal faction of the Republican Par...
  • David Paterson, 55th Governor of New York
    David Paterson was the 55th Governor of New York. He was the first governor of New York of African American heritage and only the second legally blind governor of any U.S. state. He was the majority le...
  • George Pataki, Governor
    George Elmer Pataki is an attorney and American politician who was the 53rd Governor of New York. Pataki served three consecutive four-year terms from January 1, 1995 until December 31, 2006.


This project brings together the governors of the state of New York.

For the period before New York was admitted to the union, refer to the Colonial Governors of New York project.


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 State of New York

Since admission to the union on 26 July 1788, New York has had 61 gubernatorial terms, filled by 57 distinct individuals: