Nathaniel Pitcher

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Nathaniel Pitcher
8th Governor of New York
In office
February 11, 1828 – December 31, 1828
Lieutenant none
Preceded by DeWitt Clinton
Succeeded by Martin Van Buren
Lieutenant Governor of New York
In office
Governor DeWitt Clinton
Preceded by James Tallmadge, Jr.
Succeeded by Peter R. Livingston (Acting)
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 12th district
In office
March 4, 1819 – March 3, 1823
Preceded by John Savage
Succeeded by Lewis Eaton
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 18th district
In office
March 4, 1831 – March 3, 1833
Preceded by Henry C. Martindale
Succeeded by Daniel Wardwell
Personal details
Born (1777-11-30)November 30, 1777
Litchfield, Connecticut
Died May 25, 1836(1836-05-25) (aged 58)
Sandy Hill, New York
Political party Democratic-Republican
Spouse(s) Anna B. Merritt

Nathaniel Pitcher (November 30, 1777 – May 25, 1836) was an American lawyer and politician who served as the eighth Governor of New York from February 11 to December 31, 1828.


The son of Nathaniel Pitcher, Sr. (died 1802), Pitcher was educated in the local schools of Litchfield and moved to Sandy Hill, New York (now Hudson Falls) with his family. He served as town supervisor of Kingsbury, New York from 1804 to 1810.

He was a member of the New York State Assembly in 1806 and 1815–1817, surrogate judge of Washington County in 1812 and 1813, town clerk of Kingsbury in 1813 and 1814, and a justice of the peace. He studied law, was admitted to the bar, and practiced.

He was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Congresses (March 4, 1819 – March 3, 1823). He was a delegate to the New York State Constitutional Convention in 1821.

Pitcher was Lieutenant Governor of New York in 1827 and 1828 and became Governor upon the death of Governor DeWitt Clinton.

He was elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-second Congress (March 4, 1831 – March 3, 1833).

Pitcher died in Hudson Falls on May 25, 1836, aged 58, and was buried at Baker Cemetery in Hudson Falls.

The town of Pitcher in Chenango County is named after him.[1]


  1. ^ Moyer, Armond; Moyer, Winifred (1958). The origins of unusual place-names. Keystone Pub. Associates. p. 103. 
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Savage,
John Palmer
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 12th congressional district

with Ezra C. Gross 1819-21 and Reuben H. Walworth 1821-23
Succeeded by
Lewis Eaton
Preceded by
Henry C. Martindale
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 18th congressional district

Succeeded by
Daniel Wardwell
Political offices
Preceded by
James Tallmadge, Jr.
Lieutenant Governor of New York
Succeeded by
Peter R. Livingston
Preceded by
DeWitt Clinton
Governor of New York
Succeeded by
Martin Van Buren