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John Alden Dix
New York

Gov. John Alden Dix

  • January 1, 1911 - January 1, 1913
  • Democratic
  • December 25, 1860
  • April 9, 1928
  • New Hampshire
  • Cornell University, Hamilton College
  • Married Gertrude Alden


JOHN A. DIX, the forty-first governor of New York, was born in Glens Falls, New York on December 25, 1860. His education was attained at Cornell University, where he graduated in 1883, and then at Hamilton College, where he earned an LL.B. degree in 1912. Before establishing his political career, he worked in the lumber, paper, and banking industries. Dix first entered politics in 1904, serving as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention. He also served as chairman of the State Democratic Committee in 1908 and 1910. Dix next secured the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, and was elected governor by a popular vote on November 8, 1910. During his tenure, a direct primary election law was sanctioned; and a fire destroyed the state capitol in Albany. After leaving the governorship, Dix retired from political life. He continued to stay active in his various business interests. Governor John A. Dix passed away on April 9, 1928 and was buried in the Albany Rural Cemetery in Menands, New York.


Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 3, Westport, Conn.; Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols.


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