New York: Presidents of the Provincial Congress: 1775-1777

President of the Provincial Convention [1]
20 Apr 1775 - 22 Apr 1775 Philip Livingston
President of the Provincial Congress
23 May 1775 - 14 Nov 1775 Peter Van Brugh Livingston [2]
14 Nov 1775 - 6 Dec 1775 office vacant [3]
6 Dec 1775 - 14 May 1776 Nathaniel Woodhull [4]
14 May 1776 - 18 May 1776 office vacant
18 May 1776 - 8 Jul 1776 Nathaniel Woodhull (x)
8 Jul 1776 - 9 Jul 1776 office vacant [5]
9 Jul 1776 - 10 Jul 1776 Nathaniel Woodhull (x)
President of the Convention of the Representatives of the State of New York
10 Jul 1776 - 28 Aug 1776 Nathaniel Woodhull (x) [6]
28 Aug 1776 - 26 Sep 1776 Abraham Yates [7]
26 Sep 1776 - c. 19 Dec 1776 Peter R. Livingston
c. 19 Dec 1776 - 13 May 1777 Abraham Ten Broeck [8]

[1] The office of the President of the Provincial Convention ceased to exist upon the dissolution of the Convention 22 Apr 1775.
[2] The end of the term of Livingston is given according to the date of dissolution of the (second) Provincial Congress fixed by a resolution of 18 Oct 1775. The last session presided by Livingston in person was held 25 Aug 1775. He did not resume chairmanship and his functions were exercised by presidents pro tempore: Nathaniel Woodhull (sessions from 26 Aug 1775 to 27 Oct 1775 inclusively) and Abraham Yates (sessions: 2 Nov 1775, 3 Nov 1775, and 4 Nov 1775). The Congress could not achieve quorum after 4 Nov 1775.
[3] The second Provincial Congress convened 14 Nov 1775, but lacked quorum to 6 Dec 1775.
[4] The end of the term of Woodhull is given according to the date of dissolution of the (second) Provincial Congress fixed by a resolution of 18 Oct 1775.
[5] The term of the (third) Provincial Congress was fixed not to exceed 12 moths starting from 14 May 1776 in accordance with a resolution of 12 Mar 1776, but another resolution of 30 Jun 1776 appointed 8 Jul 1776 for the meeting of the (fourth) Congress which achieved quorum 9 Jul 1776.
[6] Woodhull's term is presumed to have ended when he was taken prisoner by the British 28 Aug 1776.
[7] From 10 Aug 1776 served as president pro tempore in the absence of the incumbent and continued in office after Woodhull was taken into captivity.
[6] The loss of original minutes of the Convention (and Committee of Safety) of the State of New York for the period between 14 Dec 1776 and 31 Dec 1776 inclusively makes it impossible to verify the exact date of the election of Abraham Ten Broeck as President of the Convention. Some authentic documents suggest that he was elected on or before 19 Dec 1776 (most probably between 16 Dec 1776 and 19 Dec 1776).
Last updated on: 16 Jan 2014 07:08:28