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. His public papers are in 10 volumes, encompassing all terms served; eight volumes (all but 4 and 7) are currently available online.
  • Volumes 3 to 6 contain illustrations of prominent figures of the Revolutionary War, including John Jay, the Marquis de Lafayette, Morgan Lewis, Count de Grasse, Anthony Wayne, Robert R. Livingston, John Stark, Major Benjamin Tallmadge, and Benedict Arnold.
  • Volume 8 includes letters from the Governor's office for the years 1782 to 1785, in addition to illustrations of taverns and other establishments in New York.
  • Volumes 9 and 10 include an analytical index to the papers. Volume 10 also provides an account of the exhumation and reinterment of Governor Clinton's remains in 1908.
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 Lewis, Morgan
portrait of Morgan Lewis
1804 (April)-1807 (April)  
5 Tompkins, Daniel D.
portrait of 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 is currently available online.

Volume 2 contains letters relating primarily to the War of 1812. Other subjects addressed are the New York and New Jersey boundary line dispute, and the adjustment of the border line between Canada and New York.

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
portrait of DeWitt Clinton
1817 (July 1)-1822 DeWitt Clinton also served as the ninth governor of NY.

Image from A popular history of the origins of the Regents of the University of the State of New York.
8 Yates, Joseph C.
portrait of Joseph Yates
1823-1824 Portrait from the Red Book, (volume 1, virtual part 1).
9 Clinton, De Witt
portrait of DeWitt Clinton
1825-1828 (Feb. 11) DeWitt Clinton also served as the seventh governor of NY.
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 portrait of Martin Van Buren

 

1829 (Jan. 1-March 12) Van Buren resigned in order to serve as Secretary of State in Andrew Jackson's administration.

Portrait from the Red Book, (volume 1, virtual part 1).
12 Throop, Enos T. portrait of Enos Throop 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.

Portrait from the Red Book, (volume 1, virtual part 1).
13 Marcy, William L. portrait of William Marcy, governor of NY 1833-1838 Portrait from the Red Book, (volume 1, virtual part 1).
14 Seward, William H. portrait of William Seward, governor of New York 1839-1842 Portrait from the Red Book, (volume 1, virtual part 1).
15 Bouck, William C. portrait of William Bouck, governor of NY 1843-1844 Portrait from the Red Book, (volume 1, virtual part 1).
16 Wright, Silas portrait of Silas Wright 1845-1846 Portrait from the Red Book, (volume 1, virtual part 1).
17 Young, John portrait of John Young 1847-1848 Portrait from the Red Book, (volume 1, virtual part 1).
18 Fish, Hamilton portrait of Hamilton Fish 1849-1850 Portrait from the Red Book, (volume 1, virtual part 1).
19 Hunt, Washington portrait of Washington Hunt 1851-1852 Portrait from the Red Book, (volume 1, virtual part 1).
20 Seymour, Horatio
portrait of Horatioo Seymour
1853-1854 Seymour also served as the 24th governor of NY.

Portrait from the Red Book, (volume 1, virtual part 1).
21 Clark, Myron H. portrait of Myron Clark, governor of New York 1855-1856 Portrait from the Red Book, (volume 1, virtual part 1).
22 King, John A.
portrait of John King
1857-1858 Portrait from the Red Book, (volume 1, virtual part 1).
23 Morgan, Edwin D.
portrait of Edwin Morgan
1859-1862 Portrait from the Red Book, (volume 1, virtual part 1).
24 Seymour, Horatio
portrait of Horatio Seymour
1863-1864 Seymour also served as the 20th governor of NY.

Portrait from the Red Book, (volume 1, virtual part 1).
25 Fenton, Reuben E. portrait of Reuben Fenton 1865-1868 Portrait from the Red Book, (volume 1, virtual part 1).

See also Fenton, Reuben Eaton, Papers (finding aid to a collection in Manuscripts and Special Collections)
26 Hoffman, John T.
photo of John Hoffman
1869-1872 One volume.

Before being elected governor, Hoffman was the mayor of New York City.
27 Dix, John Adams 1873-1874  
28 Tilden, Samuel J.
portrait of Samuel Tilden
1875-1876 Portrait from the Red Book, (volume 1, virtual part 1).
39 Robinson, Lucius
portrait of Governor Robinson
1877-1879 Portrait from the Red Book, (volume 1, virtual part 1).
30 Cornell, Alonzo B.
portrait of Alonzo Cornell
1880-1882 Image from the Red Book (volume 1, virtual part 1).
31 Cleveland, Grover
portrait of Grover Cleveland
1883-1884 Cleveland served as governor for only one year before resigning upon being elected President of the U.S. in 1884. One volume.
32 Hill, David B.
portrait of 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.

Volume 1 (1885) includes an address on the occasion of the opening of the State Park at Niagara.

Portrait from the Red Book, (volume 1, virtual part 1).
33 Flower, Roswell P.
portrait of Roswell Flower
1892-1894 Three volumes.

  • Volume 1 (1892) includes correspondence regarding the purchase of property on Fire Island for quarantining passengers aboard cholera-infected vessels.
  • Volume 2 (1893) includes an annual message that describes the railroad switchmen strike that occurred in Buffalo the year before. Other topics include the passage of the Factory Act, which imposed stricter regulations on factory conditions, and remarks given at the World's Fair in Chicago.
34 Morton, Levi P.
portrait of Levi Morton
1895-1896 There are two volumes; volume 2 (1896) is available online.

Volume 2 (1896) includes an annual message that addressed the successful implementation of the Compulsory Education Law, which went into effect in 1895, and the Raines Bill, a law designed to tax and regulate alcohol.
35 Black, Frank S. 1897-1898

Two volumes in one digital file.

  • Volume 1 (1897) includes Governor Black‚Äôs veto of the Dudley Inheritance Tax Bill.
  • Volume 2 (1898) contains a message regarding the need to meet the expense of providing troops for the Spanish-American War.
36 Roosevelt, Theodore
photograph of Theodore Roosevelt
1899-1900 Two volumes. Public papers include messages to the legislature, proclamations, addresses, vetoes, pardons and commutations, and miscellaneous items.

  • Volume 1 (1899) contains public addresses, including Roosevelt's "Strenuous Life" speech.
  • Volume 2 (1900) includes an annual message in which Roosevelt argues in favor of additional anti-trust legislation, noting that current legislation has been ineffective.
Image from the NYS Library's Theodore Roosevelt Virtual Exhibit.
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 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 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 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.

One volume. Includes proclamations; messages to the Legislature; veto messages and memoranda; memoranda on legislative bills approved; emergency messages; appointments; designations; special terms of court, removal proceedings and investigations; and pardons, commutations, reprieves and requisitions.

Portrait from the NYS Library's online exhibit about Sulzer's impeachment.

43 Glynn, Martin H.
portrait of 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 Charles Whitman
1915-1918 There are four volumes; volume 1 is available online.
45 Smith, Alfred E.
photo of Alfred E. Smith
1919-1920 Smith was also New York's 48th governor (1923-28).
46 Miller, Nathan L.
portrait of 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 Alfred E. 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: November 25, 2014