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Nathaniel Pitcher
New York

Gov. Nathaniel Pitcher

  • February 11, 1828 - January 1, 1829
  • Democratic-Republican
  • November 30, 1777
  • May 25, 1836
  • Connecticut
  • Married Anna B. Merritt; two children
  • Succeeded
  • Representative


NATHANIEL PITCHER, the tenth governor of New York, was born in Litchfield, Connecticut on November 30, 1777. His early education was limited and attained in the common schools of his native state. After moving to New York, Pitcher studied law, and then entered into politics. He won his first election in 1804, serving as the Kingsbury town supervisor, a position he held six years. He also served as a member of the New York Assembly in 1806 and 1815 to 1817; and was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1819 to 1823. He served as a delegate to the 1821 State Constitutional Convention; and was the lieutenant governor of New York from 1827 to 1828. On February 11, 1828 Governor DeWitt Clinton died in office, and Pitcher, who was the lieutenant governor at the time, assumed the duties of the governorship. He served in this capacity until January 1, 1829, when Governor-elect Martin Van Buren took office. After leaving the governorship, he won reelection to the U.S. House of Representatives, an office he held from 1831 to 1833. Governor Nathaniel Pitcher passed away on May 25, 1835, and was buried in the Baker Cemetery in Hudson Falls, 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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