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John Tracy (politician)

For other politicians of this name, see John Tracy (disambiguation).
John Tracy (October 26, 1783 Norwich, New London County, Connecticut – June 18, 1864 Oxford, Chenango County, New York) was an American lawyer and politician who served as Lieutenant Governor of New York from 1833 to 1838.


At the beginning of the 19th century he removed to Columbus, Chenango County. In 1805 he came to Oxford, where, as Deputy Clerk under Uri Tracy, he also pursued the study of law with Stephen O. Runyan. After his admission to the bar in 1808, he practiced law at Oxford. On August 30, 1813, at Franklin, Connecticut, he married Susan Hyde.

In 1815, he was appointed Surrogate of Chenango County, a post he held four years. He was elected in 1820, and returned in 1821, 1822 and 1826, to the New York State Assembly. In 1821 he was re-appointed surrogate, and in 1823 became the First Judge of the Court of Common Pleas, and held these offices until 1833, when he resigned them. The Legislature, in 1830, elected him a Regent of the University of the State of New York. From 1833 to 1838, he was Lieutenant Governor under Governor Marcy. In 1846 he was a delegate to the New York State Constitutional Convention from Chenango County, and was chosen its President. After the convention of 1846, he withdrew from political life.

He was for years the President of the Board of Trustees of the Oxford Academy.

He died at Oxford, New York, on June 18, 1864, and was buried at the Riverview Cemetery in Oxford, N.Y. He was survived by his two daughters, Esther Marie Mygatt, widow of Henry R. Mygatt, and Susan Eliza Clarke, widow of James W. Clarke; and grandchildren, John Tracy Mygatt, Mai Mygatt, and William R. Mygatt, a lawyer in practice at Oxford, N.Y.


  • [1] Bio
  • [2] Political Graveyard
  • [3] Members of Canal Commission, including Lt. Govs.
Political offices
Preceded by
Edward Philip Livingston
Lieutenant Governor of New York
Succeeded by
Luther Bradish