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  • Thomas E. Dewey, 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 P...
  • Enos Thompson Throop (1784 - 1834)
    GOVENOR OF NEW YORK FROM 1829-1833 CHARGE D'AFFAIRES TO THE KINGDOM OF THE TWO SICILIES 1838-1841 Enos Thompson Throop (pronounced /ˈtruːp/ troop; August 21, 1784 – November 1, 1874) was an America...
  • 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.
  • Horatio Seymour (1810 - 1886)
    Horatio Seymour was an American politician. He was the 18th Governor of New York from 1853 to 1854 and from 1863 to 1864. He was the Democratic Party nominee for president of the United States in the p...

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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