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John Young

In office
January 1, 1847 – December 31, 1848
Lieutenant Addison Gardiner
Hamilton Fish
Preceded by Silas Wright
Succeeded by Hamilton Fish

Born June 12, 1802(1802-06-12)
Chelsea, Vermont
Died April 23, 1852 (aged 49)
New York City
Political party Whig
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, and shortly afterward moved to the Anti-Masonic Party, on whose ticket he was elected to the Assembly (lower house) of the New York state legislature, beginning service in 1832.

He later moved to the Whig Party, getting elected to the House of Representatives, serving from November 1836 - March 1837, where he served the unexpired term of Philo C. Fuller, and again from 1841 - 43.

In 1845 he returned to the New York State Assembly, as a candidate of the Whigs and Antirenters, and was urged to run against the incumbent Governor, Silas Wright, on the Whig ticket. He defeated Wright and served as the Governor of New York from January, 1847 to 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 when Taylor was successful 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

1836-11-09–1837
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
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