New York's Attorney Generals



    This position has existed in some form since 1626, while this region was under the control of the Dutch Government. While one of the colonies under the control of the British, from 1684 to 1777, the Attorney General was appointed by the British crown. The appointee was paid a salary of 50 pounds in 1693. After the American Revolution and until 1822, this office was filled by appointment from the Council of Appointment. Beginning in 1823 and continuing until 1846, this office was elected by the New York State Legislature to a three-year term. Since 1847, the New York Attorney General has been elected by popular vote.



    Attorney GeneralTook OfficeLeft Office
    Benson, Egbert8 May 177714 May 1788
    Varick, Richard14 May 178829 Sep 1789
    Burr, Aaron29 Sep 17898 Nov 1791
    Lewis, Morgan8 Nov 179124 Dec 1792
    Lawrence, Nathaniel24 Dec 179213 Nov 1795
    Hoffman, Josiah Ogden13 Nov 17953 Feb 1802
    Spencer, Ambrose3 Feb 18023 Feb 1804
    Woodworth, John3 Feb 180418 Mar 1808
    Hildreth, Matthias B18 Mar 18082 Feb 1810
    VanVechten, Abraham2 Feb 18101 Feb 1811
    Hildreth, Matthias B1 Feb 181111 Jul 1812
    Emmet, Thomas Addis12 Aug 181213 Feb 1813
    VanVechten, Abraham13 Feb 181317 Feb 1815
    VanBuren, Martin17 Feb 18158 Jul 1819
    Oakley, Thomas Jackson8 Jul 181912 Feb 1821
    Talcott, Samuel A12 Feb 182127 Jan 1829
    Bronson, Greene C27 Jan 182912 Jan 1836
    Beardsley, Samuel12 Jan 18364 Feb 1839
    Hall, Willis4 Feb 18397 Feb 1842
    Barker, George P7 Feb 18423 Feb 1845
    VanBuren, John3 Feb 184531 Dec 1847
    Jordan, Ambrose L1 Jan 184831 Dec 1849
    Chatfield, Levi S1 Jan 185023 Nov 1853
    Stow, Gardner8 Dec 185331 Dec 1853
    Hoffman, Ogden1 Jan 185431 Dec 1855
    Cushing, Stephen B1 Jan 185631 Dec 1857
    Tremain, Lyman1 Jan 185831 Dec 1859
    Myers, Charles G1 Jan 186031 Dec 1861
    Dickinson, Daniel S1 Jan 186231 Dec 1863
    Cochrane, John1 Jan 186431 Dec 1865
    Martindale, John H1 Jan 186631 Dec 1867
    Champlain, Marshall B1 Jan 186831 Dec 1871
    Barlow, Francis C1 Jan 187231 Dec 1873
    Pratt, Daniel1 Jan 187431 Dec 1875
    Fairchild, Charles S1 Jan 187631 Dec 1877
    Schoonmaker, Augustus Jr1 Jan 187831 Dec 1879
    Ward, Hamilton Sr1 Jan 188031 Dec 1881
    Russell, Leslie W1 Jan 188231 Dec 1883
    O'Brien, Denis1 Jan 188431 Dec 1887
    Tabor, Charles F1 Jan 188831 Dec 1891
    Rosendale, Simon W1 Jan 189231 Dec 1893
    Hancock, Theodore E1 Jan 189431 Dec 1898
    Davies, John C1 Jan 189931 Dec 1902
    Cunneen, John1 Jan 190331 Dec 1904
    Mayer, Julius M1 Jan 190531 Dec 1906
    Jackson, William S1 Jan 190731 Dec 1908
    O'Malley, Edward R1 Jan 190931 Dec 1910
    Carmody, Thomas1 Jan 19112 Sep 1914
    Parsons, James A2 Sep 191431 Dec 1914
    Woodbury, Egburt E1 Jan 191519 Apr 1917
    Lewis, Merton E19 Apr 191731 Dec 1918
    Newton, Charles D1 Jan 191931 Dec 1922
    Sherman, Carl1 Jan 192331 Dec 1924
    Ottinger, Albert1 Jan 192531 Dec 1928
    Ward, Hamilton Jr1 Jan 192931 Dec 1930
    Bennett, John J Jr1 Jan 193131 Dec 1942
    Goldstein, Nathaniel L1 Jan 194331 Dec 1954
    Javits, Jacob K1 Jan 19559 Jan 1957
    Lefkowitz, Louis J9 Jan 195731 Dec 1978
    Abrams, Robert1 Jan 197931 Dec 1993
    Koppell, G Oliver1 Jan 199431 Dec 1994
    Vacco, Dennis1 Jan 199531 Dec 1998
    Spitzer, Eliot1 Jan 199931 Dec 2006
    Cuomo, Andrew1 Jan 200731 Dec 2010
    Schneiderman, Eric1 Jan 2011Present




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