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Samuel Young (1779 Lenox, Berkshire County, Massachusetts - November 3, 1850 Ballston, Saratoga County, New York) was an American lawyer and politician.


In 1813, he was Moderator of the Board of Supervisors of Saratoga County.

He was a member from Saratoga County of the New York State Assembly in 1814, 1814-15 and 1826, and was Speaker in 1814-15 and 1826.

From 1816 to 1840, he was a member of the Erie Canal Commission.

He was a member of the New York State Senate from 1818 to 1821. In 1819. he was the Bucktails candidate for U.S. Senator from New York, but due to a three-cornered contest with Clintonian John C. Spencer and Federalist Rufus King, no-one was elected. Young was a delegate to the New York State Constitutional Convention of 1821.

In 1824 he was the Bucktails candidate for Governor of New York, but lost to DeWitt Clinton. From 1833 to 1838, he was First Judge of the Saratoga County Court.

In November 1834, he was re-elected to the State Senate for the remaining two years of the term of Louis Hasbrouck, who had died on August 20, and served from 1835 to 1836 when he resigned on May 22, four days before the end of the session. In November of the same year he was re-elected to the State Senate and served from 1837 to 1840.

He was Secretary of State of New York from 1842 to 1845. He was again a State Senator from 1846 to 1847 when he was legislated out of office by the New York State Constitution of 1846.

He was President of the Barnburners state convention which met on June 22 at Utica, New York and nominated Martin Van Buren for U.S. President.

He was buried at Briggs Cemetery in Ballston Spa, New York.


  • [1] Political Graveyard
  • Jabez Delano Hammond: The History of Political Parties in the State of New York (Baltimore, 1850)
  • [2] History of Saratoga County by Nathaniel Bartlett Sylvester (1878)
  • The New York Civil List compiled by Franklin Benjamin Hough (pages 33, 42, 131, 147, 318 and 364; Weed, Parsons and Co., 1858)
Political offices
Preceded by
James Emott
Speaker of the New York State Assembly
Succeeded by
Daniel Cruger
Preceded by
Clarkson Crolius
Speaker of the New York State Assembly
Succeeded by
Erastus Root
Preceded by
Archibald Campbell
Secretary of State of New York
Succeeded by
Nathaniel S. Benton


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