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John Young
New York

Gov. John Young

  • January 1, 1847 - January 1, 1849
  • Whig
  • June 12, 1802
  • April 23, 1852
  • Vermont
  • Married Ellen Harris; four children
  • Representative


JOHN YOUNG, the seventeenth governor of New York, was born in Chelsea, Vermont on June 12, 1802. His education was attained in the Conesus, New York school system. He went on to study law, and in 1829 was admitted to the New York bar. After establishing his legal career in Geneseo, New York, Young entered into politics. He first served as a member of the New York House of Representatives, a position he held in 1833, as well as serving from 1844 to 1845. He also was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1836 to 1837 and 1841 to 1843. Young next secured the Whig gubernatorial nomination, and was elected governor by a popular vote on November 2, 1846. During his tenure, a women’s rights convention was assembled; the Mexican war was opposed; and the Oneida Utopian community was founded. Also during his gubernatorial term, Young served as a delegate to the 1848 Whig National Convention. After leaving the governorship, he secured an appointment to serve as the assistant federal treasurer at New York City, a post he held from 1849 to 1852. Governor John Young passed away on April 23, 1852, and was buried in the Temple Hill Cemetery in Geneseo, 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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