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New York State Governor Registers of Appointments

Held by the New York State Archives


Overview of the Records

Repository:

New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
These registers track gubernatorial appointments to various state and local offices and positions: state engineer and surveyor; attorney general; judge; commissioner (various); inspector (various); Indian agent; notary public; county coroner; and justice of the peace. Information provided varies but generally includes name; town and county of residence; date of appointment; date appointment expires; name of person appointee replaced, and reason; and name of prominent individual endorsing candidate (mayor, senator, etc.).
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Quantity:
26 cubic feet (97 volumes)
Inclusive Dates:
1823-1970
Series Number:
A0006

Arrangement

Arranged roughly by type of volume (civil appointments, notaries, etc.), then chronological by year(s) covered by each volume. Internal arrangement of volumes varies; see volume list for details.

A0006-95: Chronological by confirmation date.

Scope and Content Note

This series is comprised of volumes maintained in the Governor's office, mostly to track gubernatorial appointments. The volumes apparently originated in several different series and were brought together at an unknown date. The series also includes a few miscellaneous volumes, such as one recording charges made against public officials (1904-1909) and one recording gubernatorial actions such as approving legislation or issuing proclamations (1857-1858).

The volumes take a variety of forms, but in general they provide information about appointees to various offices, including: commissary general; state engineer and surveyor; attorney general; judge; canal appraiser; state prison inspector; superintendent of Onondaga Salt Springs; commissioner of deeds; Indian agent or attorney; manager or trustee of a state institution; Banking Department superintendent; notary public; county coroner; loan commissioner; commissioners appointed under various laws; wreck master; harbor master; port warden; Hell Gate pilot; health officer; commissioner of emigration; police commissioner; street commissioner; and railroad inspector. Liber A (the first volume in the series) also contains names of justices of the peace appointed by the governor between 1823 and 1827 under provisions of the second state constitution, and names of justices of the peace elected in each town in November 1827.

The extent of information provided about each appointee varies. Volumes generally provide some or all of the following types of information about each appointee: name; town and county of residence; date of appointment or commission; date term or commission expires; name of person appointee replaced, and reason (e.g. resigned, deceased); indication if a reappointment; name of prominent individual endorsing candidates appointment (e.g. mayor, senator); and authorizing legislation.

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Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions regarding access to or use of this material.

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Other finding aids

Volume list for each accretion is available at the repository.

Custodial History

These volumes apparently originated in several different series and were brought together at an unknown date, either by the Governor's office or the State Library, before their transfer to the State Archives.

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