John Young (governor)

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John Young
New York Governor John Young.jpg
15th Governor of New York
In office
January 1, 1847 – December 31, 1848
Lieutenant Addison Gardiner
Hamilton Fish
Preceded by Silas Wright
Succeeded by Hamilton Fish
Personal details
Born (1802-06-12)June 12, 1802
Chelsea, Vermont
Died April 23, 1852(1852-04-23) (aged 49)
New York City
Political party Whig
Spouse(s) Ellen Harris
Profession Politician
Religion Episcopalian

John Young (June 12, 1802 – April 23, 1852) was an American politician.

He was born in Chelsea, Vermont. As a child, he moved to Freeport (now Conesus), Livingston County, New York. He had only basic schooling but, by self-study accumulated a knowledge of classics and became a law clerk, becoming admitted to the bar in 1829. He entered politics as a Jacksonian Democrat, but shortly afterward joined the Anti-Masonic Party. He was a member of the New York State Assembly (Livingston Co.) in 1832.

Young was elected as a Whig to the 24th United States Congress, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Philo C. Fuller, holding office from November 1836 to March 3, 1837. He was again elected to the 27th United States Congress, holding office from March 4, 1841, to March 3, 1843.

He was again a member of the State Assembly (Livingston Co.) in 1845 and 1846, and was urged to run on the Whig ticket against the incumbent Governor Silas Wright. He unseated Wright, and was Governor of New York from January 1847 until the end of 1848.

In 1848, he became a strong supporter of Zachary Taylor's candidacy for President of the United States and was rewarded, after Taylor's victory, by appointment as Assistant Treasurer of the United States in New York City. He served in the latter post until his death from tuberculosis at the age of 49.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Philo C. Fuller
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 30th congressional district

1836 - 1837
Succeeded by
Luther C. Peck
Preceded by
Luther C. Peck
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 30th congressional district

1841 - 1843
Succeeded by
William Spring Hubbell
Political offices
Preceded by
Silas Wright
Governor of New York
1847 - 1848
Succeeded by
Hamilton Fish