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The Constitution of the State vests the executive power in the Governor. He is elected by the people and no person is eligible to the office, except a citizen of the United States, of the age of not less than thirty years, who shall have been five years, next preceding his election, a resident of the State. The Governor is Commander-in-Chief of the military and naval forces of the State, a trustee of certain of its public buildings, a Regent of the University, a trustee of the Soldiers' Home, Union Co'lege, Cornell University, Syracuse University. He is required to communicate, by message to the Legislature at every session, the condition of the State, and recommend such matters to them as he shall judge expedient. He is also required to transact all necessary business with the oficers of government, civil and inilitary, and expedite all such measures as may be resolved upon by the Legislature, and take care that the laws are faithfully executed. The Gorernor may convene the Legislature-or Senate only, in extraordinary sessions, and may grant reprieves, commutations and pardons after conviction, for all offenses except treason and cases of impeachment. He appoints (by and with the advice and consent of the Senate), certain officers connected with the government of the State not elective by the people, and fills vacancies occurring therein during the recess of the Senate. He also may suspend or remove many officers under certain restric. tions prescribed by statute. During the session of the Legislature be bas the power to veto any bill passed by the Senate and Assembly. In the event of two-thirds of the members elected to each bouse agreeing to pass a vetoed bill the same becomes a law dotwithstanding the objections of the Governor. After the final adjournment of the Legislature, no bill becomes a law unless approved by the Governor within thirty days, and he has power to disapprove items in any bill appropriating money. The Governor bolds his office for the term of two years and receives an annual salary of $10,000, and the use of a furnished executive residence. He is authorized to appoint a private secretary, clerks and mesBengers, and to a limited degree the Executive Chamber is an office of Record. The Privy Seal is the Arms of the State surrounded by the inscription, “State of New York – Executive Privy Seal."

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COLONIAL. Adrian Joris

103 Cornelius Jacobzen Mey.

1624 William Verhulst..

1625 Peter Minuit....


1626 Wouter Van Twiller.


1633 William Kieft..

March 28, 1638 Petrus Stuyvesant.


11, 1647 Richard Nicolls....

September 8, 1664 Francis Lovelace...

August 17, 1668 Cornelis Evertse, Jr., and a council of war...... Aug (N. E.) 12, 1673 Anthony Colve..

September 19, 1673 Edmond Andros.

Nov. (N. S.) 10, 1674 Anthony Brockholles, Commander-in-Chief.... November 16, 1677 Sir Edmond Andros, Knt.

August 7, 1678 Anthony Brockholles, Commander-in-Chief... Jan. (N. S.) 13, 1681 Thomas Dongan...

August 27, 1883 Sir Edmond Andros ..

August 11, 1688 Francis Nicholson, Lieutenant-Governor. October 9, 1688 Jacob Leisler...


3, 1689 Henry Sloughter.


19, 1691 Richard Ingoldesby, Commander-in-Chief.


26, 1691 Benjamin Fletcher.

August 30, 1692 Earl of Bellomont..

April 13, 1698 John Nanfan, Lieutenant-Governor..


17, 1699 Earl of Bellomont...


24, 1700 Col. William Smith.

March 5, 1701 Col. Abraham De Peyster...

to Col. Peter Schuyler*


19, 1701 John Nanfan, Lieutenant-Governor..


19, 1701 Lord Cornbury..........


3, 1702 Lord Lovelace..

December 18, 1718 Peter Schuyler, President.


6, 1709 Richard Ingoldesby, Lieutenant-Governor. May

9, 1709 Peter Schuyler, President...

May 25, 1709 Richard Ingoldesby, Lieutenant-Governor ... June

1, 1709 Gerardus Beekman, President..


10, 1710 Robert Hunter.


14, 1710 Peter Schuyler, President......

July 21, 1719 William Burnet..

September 17, 1720 John Montgomerie


15, 1728 Rip Van Dam, President.


1, 1731 William Cosby... ...,


1, 1732 George Clarke, President...


10, 1736 George Clarke, Lieutenant-Governor..... October

30, 1736 George Clinton...

September 2, 1743 Sir Danvers Osborne, Bart..


10, 1753 James De Lancey, Lieutenant-Governor. October 22, 1755 Sir Charles Hardy, Knt....

September 3, 1756 James De Lancey, Lieutenant-Governor. June

3, 1757 Cadwallader Colden, President.

August Cadwallader Colden, Lieutenant-Governor..... August Robert Monckton....

October Cadwallader Colden, Lieutenant-Governor November 18, 1761 Robert Monckton.....

June *The Earl of Bellomont died March 5, 1701. During the absence of Lieu. tenant-Governor Nantan, and until May 19, 1701, the Government was ado ministered by the Council, at which the oldest Councillor presided during this period,

4, 1760 8, 1781 26, 1761

14, 1762

Cadwallader Colden, Lieutenant-Governor.... June 28, 1763 Sir Henry Moore, Bart..

November 13, 1766 Cadwallader Colden, Lieutenant-Governor September 12, 1760 Earl of Dunmore.

October 19, 1770 William Tryon.

July 9, 1771 Cadwallader Colden, Lieutenant-Governor.... April 7, 1774 William Tryon

June 28, 1775 James Robertson*

March 23, 1780 Andrew Elliott, Lieutenant-Governor

April 17, 173 Peter Van Brugh Livingston...


23, 1775

THE PROVINCIAL CONGRESS, ETC. Nathaniel Woodhull, President pro tem.... August 28, 1775 Abraham Yates, Jr., President pro tem November %, 1775 Nathaniel Woodhull...

December 6, 1776 Jobn Harding, President pro tem.

December 16, 1775 Abraham Yates, Jr., President pro tem

August 10, 1776 Abraham Yates, Jr”.

August 28, 17765 Peter R. Livingston

September 26, 1776 Abraham Ten Broeck

March 6, 1777 Leonard Gansevoort, President pro tem. April

18, 1777 Pierre Van Cortlandi, Pres. Council Safety.... May

14, 1777

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* Military Governors during the Revolutionary war, not recognized by the State of New York.

The Constitution of 1777 did not specify the time when the Governor should enter on the duties of his office. Gov. Clinton was declared elected July ninth and qualified on the above day. On the thirteenth of February, 1787, an act was passed for regulato ing elections, whicb provided that the Governor and LieutenantGovernor should enter on the duties of their respective offices on the first of July after their election.

Lieutenant Governor, Acting Governor. $ The Constitution of 1821 provided that the Governor and Liontenant-Governor shall, on and after the year 1823, enter on the duties of their respective offices on the first of January.

1 Lieutenant-Governor, became Governor upon resignation of Martin

Van Buren, March 12 1829. Elected November, 1830, for a full term.

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William L. Marcy. Troy, Rensselaer Co....
William H. Seward. Auburn, Cayuga Co..
William C. Bouck Fultonham, schoharie Co..
Silas Wright

Canton, St. Lawrence Co
Junn Young

Geneseo, Livingston Co..
Hamilton Fish

New York city.
Washington Hunt Lockport, Niagara Co...
lloratio Seymour Deertield, Oneida Co....
Myron H. Clark...

Canandaigua, Ontario Co..
John A. King

Queens Co..
Edwin D. Morgan... New York city:
Horatio Seymour.. Deerfield, Oneida Co.
Reuben E. Fenton Frewsburgh, Chautauqua Co
John T. Hoffman New York city
John A. Dix .....

New York city
Samuel J. Tilden. New York city
Lucius Robinson Elmira, Chemung Co.
Alonzo B. Cornell. New York City...
Grover Cleveland Buffalo, Erie Co..
David B. Hillt

Elmira, Chenang Co..
Roswell P Flower New York city.
Levi P. Morton

Frank S. Black

Theodore Roosevelt... Oyster Bay

Nov. 7, 1832

7, 1838 8, 1842 5, 1844 3, 1846 7, 1848 5, 1850 2, 1852 7, 1854 4, 1856 2, 1858 4, 1862 8, 1864 3, 1808 5, 1872 3, 1874 7, 1876 4, 1879

7, 1882 Jan. 6, 1865 Nov. 3, 1991

6, 1894 3, 1896 8, 1898

Brigadier-General Edward Morris Hoffman, Adjutant-General and

Chief of Staff.
Colonel George Curtis Treadwell, Military Secretary,
Major Craig Wadsworth, Aide-de-Camp.
Captain William Littauer, Aide-de. Camp.
Captain F. Norton Goddard, Aide-de-Camp.
Captain David S. Iglehart, Aide-de-Camp.
Lieutenant-Colonel William Henry Chapin, 65th Regiment, Aide-de.

Lieutenant-Colonel Edmund P. Cottle, 74th Regiment, Aide-de-


* Elected President of the United States in 1884, and resigned the office of Governor January 6, 1885.

+ Lieutenant-Governor, became Governor upon resignation of Grover Cleveland, January 6, 1885. Elected November 6, 1885, for a full term, and re-elected November 6, 1888.

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