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Joseph Yates
Joseph Yates
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Joseph Yates, then governor of New York, was caught between a rock and a hard place. The citizens of New York were clamoring for popular elections, but while his political party held control of the legislature, changing the structure of state government early in the 19th century seemed like an unnecessary risk. It was a dilemma Yates failed to handle successfully, and as a result, the only Schenectady native to rise to the highest office ...


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