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.
|No.||Governor||Years in Office||Notes|
||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.
||1795 (April)-1801 (April)||portrait from George Clinton's papers|
||1801 (April)-1804 (April)||Clinton was also the first governor of NY, serving from 1777-95.|
|1804 (April)-1807 (April)|
|5||Tompkins, Daniel D.
||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|
|21||Clark, Myron H.||1855-1856|
|22||King, John A.||1857-1858|
|23||Morgan, Edwin D.||1859-1862|
|25||Fenton, Reuben E.||1865-1868|
|26||Hoffman, John T.
|27||Dix, John Adams||1873-1874|
|28||Tilden, Samuel J.||1875-1876|
|30||Cornell, Alonzo B.||1880-1882|
||1883-1884||Cleveland resigned upon being elected President of the U.S. in 1884. One volume.|
|32||Hill, David B.
||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.
|34||Morton, Levi P.
||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.
|38||Frank W. Higgins
|39||Hughes, Charles E.||1907-1910 (Oct. 6)||Hughes resigned to become an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme court. Four volumes.|
||1910 (Oct. 6-Dec. 31)||Lieutenant-Governor White became Governor upon Hughes' resignation and served the remainder of the term.|
|41||Dix, John Alden
||1911-1912||Served non-consecutive terms. Two volumes (in three digital parts).|
|42||Sulzer, William||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.)
|43||Glynn, Martin H.
||1913 (Oct. 17)-1914||Lieutenant-Governor Glynn became Governor when Sulzer was removed from office. One volume.|
|44||Whitman, Charles S.
||1915-1918||There are four volumes; volume 1 is available online.|
|45||Smith, Alfred E.
||1919-1920||Smith was also New York's 48th governor (1923-28).|
|46||Miller, Nathan L.
||1921-1922||two volumes; Volume 2 (1922) is currently online.|
|47||Roosevelt, Franklin D.
||1929-1932||Four volumes; volumes 3 and 4 currently online.|
|48||Smith, Alfred E.
||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.
||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.
|52||Harriman, W. Averell
|53||Rockefeller, Nelson A.
||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.
Lieutenant-Governor Wilson became governor upon Rockefeller's resignation and served the remainder of the term.
|55||Carey, Hugh L.
||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.
||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.|
Images of governors are from their papers, unless otherwise noted.