Public Papers of New York State Governors

When a governor served non-consecutive terms, he is listed twice, according to the dates in office. If the governor's name is a link, it will take you his public papers in the New York State Library's digital collections.

NYS Governors: Click on column head to sort. Click twice to sort in descending order.
No. Governor Years in Office Notes
1 Clinton, George
portrait of George Clinton
1777 (July)-1795 (April) Clinton was also the third governor of NY, serving from 1801-04.

There are 10 volumes, encompassing all terms served; Volumes 1 (Military), 3, 5, 6, 8, 9 (Index, A-F) and 10 (Index, G-Z) are currently available online.
2 Jay, John
portrait of John Jay
1795 (April)-1801 (April) portrait from George Clinton's papers
3 Clinton, George
portrait of George Clinton
1801 (April)-1804 (April) Clinton was also the first governor of NY, serving from 1777-95.
4 portrait of Governor Morgan Lewis
Lewis, Morgan
1804 (April)-1807 (April)  
5 Tompkins, Daniel D.
portrait of Governor Daniel Tompkins
1807 (April)-1817 (Feb.) Tompkins resigned in order to serve as Vice President in James Monroe's administration. There are three volumes; Volume 2 (Military) is currently available online.

Portrait from the Red Book, (volume 1, virtual part 1).
6 Tayler, John 1817 (Feb. 24-July 1) Upon Tompkin's resignation, Lieutenant-Governor Taylor became Governor and served the remainder of the term.
7 Clinton, De Witt 1817 (July 1)-1822  
8 Yates, Joseph C. 1823-1824  
9 Clinton, De Witt 1825-1828 (Feb. 11)  
10 Pitcher, Nathaniel 1828 (Feb. 11-Dec. 31) When Clinton died while in office, Lieutenant-Governor Pitcher became Governor and served the remainder of the term.
11 Van Buren, Martin 1829 (Jan. 1-March 12) Van Buren resigned in order to serve as Secretary of State in Andrew Jackson's administration.
12 Throop, Enos T. 1829 (March 12)-1832 Lieutenant-Governor Throop became Governor upon Van Buren's resignation and served the remainder of the term; he was subsequently re-elcted for a full term.
13 Marcy, William L. 1833-1838  
14 Seward, William H. 1839-1842  
15 Bouck, William C. 1843-1844  
16 Wright, Silas 1845-1846  
17 Young, John 1847-1848  
18 Fish, Hamilton 1849-1850  
19 Hunt, Washington 1851-1852  
20 Seymour, Horatio 1853-1854  
21 Clark, Myron H. 1855-1856  
22 King, John A. 1857-1858  
23 Morgan, Edwin D. 1859-1862  
24 Seymour, Horatio 1863-1864  
25 Fenton, Reuben E. 1865-1868  
26 Hoffman, John T.
photo of John Hoffman
1869-1872 One volume.
27 Dix, John Adams 1873-1874  
28 Tilden, Samuel J. 1875-1876  
39 Robinson, Lucius 1877-1879  
30 Cornell, Alonzo B. 1880-1882  
31 Cleveland, Grover
portrait of governor Grover Cleveland
1883-1884 Cleveland resigned upon being elected President of the U.S. in 1884. One volume.
32 Hill, David B.
portrait of governor David Hill
1885-1891 Lieutenant-Governor Hill became Governor upon Cleveland's resignation; he was subsequently re-elected twice. There are seven volumes; volumes 1-3 and 7 are available online.

Portrait from the Red Book, (volume 1, virtual part 1).
33 Flower, Roswell P.
portrait of governor Roswell Flower
1892-1894 Three volumes.
34 Morton, Levi P.
portrait of governor Levi Morton
1895-1896 There are two volumes; volume 2 (1896) is available online.
35 Black, Frank S. 1897-1898 One volume.
36 Roosevelt, Theodore 1899-1900 Public papers include messages to the legislature, proclamations, addresses, vetoes, pardons and commutations, and miscellaneous items. Two volumes.
37 Odell, Benjamin B.
portrait of governor Benjamin Odell
1901-1904 Four volumes
38 Frank W. Higgins
portrait of governor Frank Higgins
1905-1906 Two volumes.
39 Hughes, Charles E. portrait of governor Charles Huighes 1907-1910 (Oct. 6) Hughes resigned to become an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme court. Four volumes.
40 White, Horace
portrait of governor Horace White
1910 (Oct. 6-Dec. 31) Lieutenant-Governor White became Governor upon Hughes' resignation and served the remainder of the term.
41 Dix, John Alden
portrait of governor John Alden Dix
1911-1912 Served non-consecutive terms. Two volumes (in three digital parts).
42 Sulzer, William photo of William Sulzer 1913 (Jan. 1-Oct. 17) Sulzer was impeached by the Assembly on October 13, 1913, found guilty by the Court for Trial of Impeachments, and removed from office. (Image from the online exhibit.)

One volume.
43 Glynn, Martin H.
portrait of governor Martin Glynn
1913 (Oct. 17)-1914 Lieutenant-Governor Glynn became Governor when Sulzer was removed from office. One volume.
44 Whitman, Charles S.
portrait of governor Charles Whitman
1915-1918 There are four volumes; volume 1 is available online.
45 Smith, Alfred E.
photo of Al Smith
1919-1920 Smith was also New York's 48th governor (1923-28).
46 Miller, Nathan L.
portrait of governor Nathan Miller
1921-1922 two volumes; Volume 2 (1922) is currently online.
47 Roosevelt, Franklin D.
portrait of Franklin D. Roosevelt
1929-1932 Four volumes; volumes 3 and 4 currently online.
48 Smith, Alfred E.
photo of Al Smith
1923-1928 Smith was also New York's 45th governor (1919-20). There are six volumes for this period; volumes 1-2 and 4-6 are available online.
49 Lehman, Herbert H.
photo of Herbert Lehman
1933 - Dec. 3, 1942 Lehman resigned shortly before the end of his term in order to take the position of Director of Foreign Relief and Rehabilitation Operations.

Ten volumes (13 digital files).
50 Poletti, Charles 1942 (Dec. 3-31) Lieutenant-Governor Poletti became Governor upon Lehman's resignation and served the remainder of the term.
51 Dewey, Thomas E.
photo of Thomas Dewey
1943-1954 Twelve volumes.
52 Harriman, W. Averell
photo of W. Averell Harriman
1955-1958 Four volumes.
53 Rockefeller, Nelson A.
photo of Nelson Rockefeller
1959-1973 Rockefeller resigned in order to serve as Chair of the National Commission on Critical Choices for America and of the National Commission on Water Quality.

Fifteen volumes.
54 Wilson, Malcolm photo of Malcolm Wilson 1973-1974

Lieutenant-Governor Wilson became governor upon Rockefeller's resignation and served the remainder of the term.

One volume.

55 Carey, Hugh L.
photo of Hugh Carey
1975-1982 Public papers are comprised of documents from the Governor's Press Office and materials from the files of the Executive Chamber, such as memoranda on legislative bills approved and vetoed, messages to the legislature, executive orders, addresses, appointments, pardons and commutations, and miscellaneous items.

There are eight volumes.
56 Cuomo, Mario M.
photo of Mario Cuomo
1983-1994 Public papers are comprised of documents released by the Governor's Press Office and supplemental material from the Executive Chamber files, such as messages to the legislature, memoranda on legislative bills approved and vetoed, executive orders, appointments, pardons and commutations, and miscellaneous items.

There are nine volumes of Papers.
57 Pataki, George E. 1995-2006 Not published.
58 Spitzer, Eliot 2007-2008 (March 17) Not published.
59 Patterson, David A. 2008 (March 17)-2010 Lieutenant Governor Patterson became governor in March 2008, upon Governor Spitzer's resignation, and served the rest of the term.
60 Cuomo, Andrew 2011-  

Images of governors are from their papers, unless otherwise noted.

Last Updated: August 12, 2014