List of governors of New York

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Kathy Hochul, the 57th and current governor of New York

The governor of New York is the head of the executive branch of New York's state government and the commander-in-chief of the state's National Guard.[1]

List[change | change source]

Governors of the State of New York
No. Governor Term in office Time in office Party Election Lieutenant Governor
1 George Clinton by Ezra Ames (full portrait).jpg   George Clinton July 30, 1777

June 30, 1795
(not candidate for election)
17 years, 336 days Democratic–
Republican
1777   Pierre Van Cortlandt
1780
1783
1786
1789
1792
2 Portrait of John Jay by John Trumbull, circa 1793.jpg John Jay July 1, 1795

June 30, 1801
(not candidate for election)
6 years, 0 days Federalist 1795 Stephen Van Rensselaer
1798
1 George Clinton by Ezra Ames (full portrait).jpg George Clinton July 1, 1801

June 30, 1804
(not candidate for election)[a]
3 years, 0 days Democratic–
Republican
1801 Jeremiah Van Rensselaer
3 Morgan Lewis (portrait by Henry Inman).png Morgan Lewis July 1, 1804

June 30, 1807
(lost election)
3 years, 0 days Democratic–
Republican
1804 John Broome
(died August 8, 1810)
4 DTompkins.png Daniel D. Tompkins July 1, 1807

February 24, 1817
(resigned)[b]
9 years, 238 days Democratic–
Republican
1807
1810
Vacant
John Tayler
(acting)
(took office January 29, 1811)
[c]
DeWitt Clinton
(elected May 2, 1811)
1813 John Tayler
1816
5 John Tayler, governor of New York (portrait by Ezra Ames).png John Tayler
(Acting)
February 24, 1817

June 30, 1817
(not candidate for election)
127 days Democratic–
Republican
Lieutenant
Governor
acting as
Governor
Philetus Swift
(acting)
6 DeWitt Clinton by Rembrandt Peale.jpg DeWitt Clinton July 1, 1817

December 31, 1822
(not candidate for election)
5 years, 184 days Democratic–
Republican
1817 John Tayler
1820
7 JosephCYates.jpg Joseph C. Yates January 1, 1823

December 31, 1824
(not candidate for election)
2 years, 0 days Democratic–
Republican
1822 Erastus Root
6 DeWitt Clinton by Rembrandt Peale.jpg DeWitt Clinton January 1, 1825

February 11, 1828
(died in office)
3 years, 41 days Democratic–
Republican
1824 James Tallmadge Jr.
1826 Nathaniel Pitcher
8 Nathaniel Pitcher February 11, 1828

December 31, 1828
(not candidate for election)
325 days Democratic–
Republican
Succeeded from
Lieutenant
Governor
Peter R. Livingston
(acting)
Charles Dayan
(acting from October 17, 1828)
9 Francis Alexander - Martin Van Buren - Google Art Project.jpg Martin Van Buren January 1, 1829

March 12, 1829
(resigned)[d]
70 days Democratic 1828 Enos T. Throop
10 EThroop.png Enos T. Throop March 12, 1829

December 31, 1832
(not candidate for election)
3 years, 295 days Democratic Succeeded from
Lieutenant
Governor
Charles Stebbins
(acting)
William M. Oliver
(acting)
1830 Edward Philip Livingston
11 WMarcy.png William L. Marcy January 1, 1833

December 31, 1838
(lost election)
6 years, 0 days Democratic 1832 John Tracy
1834
1836
12 Henry Inman - William H. Seward.jpg William H. Seward January 1, 1839

December 31, 1842
(not candidate for election)
4 years, 0 days Whig 1838 Luther Bradish
1840
13 WBouck.png William C. Bouck January 1, 1843

December 31, 1844
(not candidate for election)
2 years, 0 days Democratic 1842 Daniel S. Dickinson
14 Silas Wright, Jr. (Engraved Portrait).jpg Silas Wright January 1, 1845

December 31, 1846
(lost election)
2 years, 0 days Democratic 1844 Addison Gardiner
(resigned July 5, 1847)
15 New York Governor John Young.jpg John Young January 1, 1847

December 31, 1848
(not candidate for election)
2 years, 0 days Whig 1846
Albert Lester
(acting)
Hamilton Fish
(took office January 1, 1848)
16 Hamilton Fish (portrait by Charles Loring Elliott).png Hamilton Fish January 1, 1849

December 31, 1850
(not candidate for election)
2 years, 0 days Whig 1848 George W. Patterson
17 WashingtonHunt.png Washington Hunt January 1, 1851

December 31, 1852
(lost election)
2 years, 0 days Whig 1850 Sanford E. Church
18 HSeymour cropped.png Horatio Seymour January 1, 1853

December 31, 1854
(lost election)
2 years, 0 days Democratic 1852
19 Myron H. Clark (portrait by Leon Bonnat).png Myron H. Clark January 1, 1855

December 31, 1856
(not candidate for election)
2 years, 0 days Whig
(fusion)
1854 Henry Jarvis Raymond
20 John Alsop King.jpg John A. King January 1, 1857

December 31, 1858
(not candidate for election)
2 years, 0 days Republican 1856 Henry R. Selden
21 Edwin D. Morgan (portrait by George Peter Alexander Healey).png Edwin D. Morgan January 1, 1859

December 31, 1862
(not candidate for election)[e]
4 years, 0 days Republican 1858 Robert Campbell
1860
18 Hon. Horatio Seymour, N.Y - NARA - 528568.jpg Horatio Seymour January 1, 1863

December 31, 1864
(lost election)
2 years, 0 days Democratic 1862 David R. Floyd-Jones
22 Reuben Fenton - Brady-Handy.jpg Reuben Fenton January 1, 1865

December 31, 1868
(not candidate for election)
4 years, 0 days Union 1864 Thomas G. Alvord
1866 Stewart L. Woodford
23 John T. Hoffman (portrait by Jacob Lazarus).png John T. Hoffman January 1, 1869

December 31, 1872
(not candidate for election)
4 years, 0 days Democratic 1868 Allen C. Beach
1870
24 JADix.png John Adams Dix January 1, 1873

December 31, 1874
(lost election)
2 years, 0 days Republican 1872 John C. Robinson
25 SamuelTilden.png Samuel J. Tilden January 1, 1875

December 31, 1876
(not candidate for election)[f]
2 years, 0 days Democratic 1874 William Dorsheimer
26 Lucius Robinson (portrait by George Waters).png Lucius Robinson January 1, 1877

December 31, 1879
(lost election)
3 years, 0 days Democratic 1876[g]
27 Alonzo B. Cornell.jpg Alonzo B. Cornell January 1, 1880

December 31, 1882
(not candidate for election)
3 years, 0 days Republican 1879 George Gilbert Hoskins
28 GCleveland.png Grover Cleveland January 1, 1883

January 6, 1885
(resigned)[h]
2 years, 5 days Democratic 1882 David B. Hill
29 Photo of David B. Hill.jpg David B. Hill January 6, 1885

December 31, 1891
(not candidate for election)[i]
6 years, 360 days Democratic Succeeded from
Lieutenant
Governor
Dennis McCarthy
(acting)
1885 Edward F. Jones
1888
30 Roswell Pettibone Flower (1835-1899) (10506877665) (1).jpg Roswell P. Flower January 1, 1892

December 31, 1894
(not candidate for election)
3 years, 0 days Democratic 1891 William F. Sheehan
31 LMorton.png Levi P. Morton January 1, 1895

December 31, 1896
(not candidate for election)
2 years, 0 days Republican 1894[j] Charles T. Saxton
32 New York and the war with Spain. History of the Empire State regiments (1903) (14759490491).jpg Frank S. Black January 1, 1897

December 31, 1898
(not candidate for election)
2 years, 0 days Republican 1896 Timothy L. Woodruff
33 T Roosevelt.jpg Theodore Roosevelt January 1, 1899

December 31, 1900
(not candidate for election)[k]
2 years, 0 days Republican 1898
34 Benjamin Barker Odell Jr cph.3b20166.jpg Benjamin Odell January 1, 1901

December 31, 1904
(not candidate for election)
4 years, 0 days Republican 1900
1902 Frank W. Higgins
35 Frank W. Higgins.jpg Frank W. Higgins January 1, 1905

December 31, 1906
(not candidate for election)
2 years, 0 days Republican 1904 Matthew Linn Bruce
John Raines
(acting)
36 Charles Evans Hughes cph.3b15401.jpg Charles Evans Hughes January 1, 1907

October 6, 1910
(resigned)[l]
3 years, 278 days Republican 1906 Lewis Stuyvesant Chanler
1908 Horace White
37 Horace White.jpg Horace White October 6, 1910

December 31, 1910
(not candidate for election)
87 days Republican Succeeded from
Lieutenant
Governor
George H. Cobb
(acting)
38 John Alden Dix LOC.jpg John Alden Dix January 1, 1911

December 31, 1912
(not candidate for election)
2 years, 0 days Democratic 1910 Thomas F. Conway
39 William Sulzer, portrait taken by Chicago studio.jpg William Sulzer January 1, 1913

October 17, 1913
(impeached and removed)[m]
289 days Democratic 1912 Martin H. Glynn
40 M.H. Glynn LCCN2014685236.jpg Martin H. Glynn October 17, 1913

December 31, 1914
(lost election)
1 year, 76 days Democratic Succeeded from
Lieutenant
Governor
Robert F. Wagner
(acting)
41 Portrait of Charles S. Whitman.jpg Charles Seymour Whitman January 1, 1915

December 31, 1918
(lost election)
4 years, 0 days Republican 1914 Edward Schoeneck
1916
42 AlfredSmith.png Al Smith January 1, 1919

December 31, 1920
(lost election)
2 years, 0 days Democratic 1918 Harry C. Walker
43 Portrait of Nathan L. Miller.jpg Nathan L. Miller January 1, 1921

December 31, 1922
(lost election)
2 years, 0 days Republican 1920 Jeremiah Wood
Clayton R. Lusk
(acting)
42 AlfredSmith.png Al Smith January 1, 1923

December 31, 1928
(not candidate for election)[n]
6 years, 0 days Democratic 1922 George R. Lunn
1924 Seymour Lowman
1926 Edwin Corning
44 FDR in 1933.jpg Franklin D. Roosevelt January 1, 1929

December 31, 1932
(not candidate for election)[o]
4 years, 0 days Democratic 1928 Herbert H. Lehman
1930
45 Herbert Lehman.jpg Herbert H. Lehman January 1, 1933

December 3, 1942
(resigned)[p]
9 years, 336 days Democratic 1932 M. William Bray
1934
1936
1938[q] Charles Poletti
46 Charles Poletti.jpg Charles Poletti December 3, 1942

December 31, 1942
(not candidate for election)
29 days Democratic Succeeded from
Lieutenant
Governor
Joe R. Hanley
(acting)
47 Thomas Dewey.jpg Thomas E. Dewey January 1, 1943

December 31, 1954
(not candidate for election)
12 years, 0 days Republican 1942 Thomas W. Wallace
1946 Joe R. Hanley
1950 Frank C. Moore
(resigned September 30, 1953)
Arthur H. Wicks
(acting)
Walter J. Mahoney
(acting)
48 William Averell Harriman.jpg W. Averell Harriman January 1, 1955

December 31, 1958
(lost election)
4 years, 0 days Democratic 1954 George DeLuca
49 Nelson Rockefeller.jpg Nelson Rockefeller January 1, 1959

December 18, 1973
(resigned)[r]
14 years, 351 days Republican 1958 Malcolm Wilson
1962
1966
1970
50 Malcolm Wilson (NY).png Malcolm Wilson December 18, 1973

December 31, 1974
(lost election)
1 year, 14 days Republican Succeeded from
Lieutenant
Governor
Warren M. Anderson
(acting)
51 Hugh Carey (NY).png Hugh Carey January 1, 1975

December 31, 1982
(not candidate for election)
8 years, 0 days Democratic 1974 Mary Anne Krupsak
1978 Mario Cuomo
52 Mario Cuomo 1987 (cropped).jpg Mario Cuomo January 1, 1983

December 31, 1994
(lost election)
12 years, 0 days Democratic 1982 Alfred DelBello
Warren M. Anderson
(acting)
1986 Stan Lundine
1990
53 George Pataki.jpg George Pataki January 1, 1995

December 31, 2006
(not candidate for election)
12 years, 0 days Republican 1994 Betsy McCaughey Ross[s]
1998 Mary Donohue
2002
54 Eliot Spitzer.jpg Eliot Spitzer January 1, 2007

March 17, 2008
(resigned)[t]
1 year, 76 days Democratic 2006 David Paterson
55 David Paterson 2 by David Shankbone.jpg David Paterson March 17, 2008

December 31, 2010
(not candidate for election)
2 years, 290 days Democratic Succeeded from
Lieutenant
Governor
Joseph Bruno
(acting)
Dean Skelos
(acting)
Malcolm Smith
(acting)
Pedro Espada Jr.
(acting)[u]
Richard Ravitch
(contested)[v]
Malcolm Smith
(acting)[w]
Richard Ravitch[x]
56 Andrew Cuomo 2019.jpg Andrew Cuomo January 1, 2011

August 23, 2021
(resigned)[y]
10 years, 278 days Democratic 2010 Robert Duffy
2014 Kathy Hochul
2018
57 Kathy Hochul, November 2017.jpeg Kathy Hochul August 24, 2021

present[z]
43 days Democratic Succeeded from
Lieutenant
Governor
Andrea Stewart-Cousins
(acting)

Notes[change | change source]

  1. Clinton instead successfully ran for Vice President of the United States.
  2. Tompkins resigned to be Vice President of the United States.
  3. At the time, the position of president pro-tempore of the Senate was only filled during a vacancy in the office of lieutenant governor, so Tayler was not elected to fill the position until January 29, 1811.
  4. Van Buren resigned to be United States Secretary of State.
  5. Morgan instead successfully ran for United States Senate.
  6. Tilden instead unsuccessfully ran for President of the United States.
  7. First term under an 1874 amendment to the constitution, which lengthened terms to three years.
  8. Cleveland resigned to be President of the United States.
  9. Hill had been elected to the United States Senate for a term starting March 4, 1891, but did not take office until his gubernatorial term expired.
  10. First term under the 1894 constitution, which shortened terms to two years.
  11. Roosevelt instead successfully ran for Vice President of the United States.
  12. Hughes resigned to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
  13. Sulzer was impeached and removed from office for campaign contribution fraud.
  14. Smith instead unsuccessfully ran for President of the United States.
  15. Roosevelt instead successfully ran for President of the United States.
  16. Lehman resigned to be Director of Foreign Relief and Rehabilitation Operations at the United States Department of State.
  17. First term under the 1938 constitution, which lengthened terms to four years.
  18. Rockefeller resigned to devote himself to his Commission on Critical Choices for Americans.
  19. Elected as Betsy McCaughey, but married and changed name in 1995.
  20. Spitzer resigned due to a prostitution scandal.
  21. Espada was a Democrat, but combined with the Republicans in a change of leadership which triggered the 2009 New York State Senate leadership crisis.
  22. Ravitch was appointed on July 8, 2009, but the appointment was contested in the courts. On August 20, the Appellate Division rejected the appointment; Ravitch vacated the office.
  23. Smith succeeded Espada on July 9 as temporary President of the New York State Senate and claimed to be Acting Lieutenant Governor under the provisions of the New York State Constitution while the appointment of Ravitch was contested.
  24. On September 22, the New York Court of Appeals reversed the Appellate Division's ruling, thus re-instating Ravitch to the lieutenant governorship, beginning on July 8.
  25. Cuomo resigned due to sexual harassment allegations.[2]
  26. Hochul's first term expires at midnight on January 1, 2023.

References[change | change source]

  1. New York Constitution article IV, § 3.
  2. "New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo resigns". NBC News. August 10, 2021. Retrieved August 10, 2021.