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William C. Bouck
New York

Gov. William C. Bouck

  • January 1, 1843 - January 1, 1845
  • Democratic
  • January 7, 1786
  • April 19, 1859
  • New York
  • Married Catherine Lawyer; eleven children


WILLIAM C. BOUCK, the fifteenth governor of New York, was born in Schoharie Valley, New York on January 7, 1786. His education was limited and attained in the common schools of his native state. Bouck first entered politics in 1807, serving as town clerk. From 1808 to 1809 he served as town supervisor; and in 1812 he became sheriff. He also served as a member of the New York House of Representatives from 1814 to 1818, as well as serving in the New York State Senate from 1820 to 1822. Bouck next secured the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, and was elected governor by a popular vote on November 8, 1842. During his tenure, an anti-rent disagreement in Columbia County was dealt with; and several new appointments were issued. After completing his term, Bouck served as a delegate to the 1846 State Constitutional Convention. He also secured an appointment to serve as the assistant federal treasurer in New York City, a position he held from 1846 to 1849. Governor William C. Bouck passed away on April 19, 1859, and was buried in the Middleburgh Cemetery in Middleburgh, 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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