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Azariah Cutting Flagg

Azariah Cutting Flagg (November 28, 1790 Orwell, Addison County, Vermont - November 24, 1873 New York City) was an American newspaper editor and politician.


He was the son of Ebenezer Flagg (1756-1828) and Elizabeth Cutting Flagg (d. 1838). He fought in the War of 1812. From 1813 to 1826, he was the publisher of the Plattsburgh Republican at Plattsburgh, New York.

He was a member from Clinton County of the New York State Assembly in 1823 and 1824.

He was elected Secretary of State of New York in 1826, and re-elected in 1829 and 1832. He was elected New York State Comptroller in 1833, and re-elected in 1836, 1842 and 1845. He was one of the leading members of the Albany Regency. His final political office was New York City Comptroller, a post he held from 1853 to 1859.

Flagg began as a member of the Bucktails faction of the Democratic-Republican Party, then became a Jacksonian, a Democrat and Barnburner, then joined the Free Soilers in the late 1840s, and finally the nascent Republican Party in the mid-1850s.

He was buried at the Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn.


  • [1] Obit in NYT on November 26, 1873 (giving wrong birthplace)
  • [2] His funeral, in NYT on November 29, 1873
  • Google Book The New York Civil List compiled by Franklin Benjamin Hough (pages 33, 34 and 273; Weed, Parsons and Co., 1858)
  • [3] Flagg genealogy
  • [4] Clinton County newspapers, at rootsweb
Political offices
Preceded by
John Van Ness Yates
Secretary of State of New York
1826 - 1833
Succeeded by
John Adams Dix
Preceded by
Silas Wright
New York State Comptroller
1833 - 1839
Succeeded by
Bates Cooke
Preceded by
John A. Collier
New York State Comptroller
1842 - 1847
Succeeded by
Millard Fillmore


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