12 Facts About Addison Gardiner


Addison Gardiner was an American lawyer and politician who served as Lieutenant governor of New York from 1845 to 1847 and Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals from 1854 to 1855.


Addison Gardiner was educated at Manlius Academy, and received his degree from Union College in 1819.


Addison Gardiner was later admitted to the college's Philomathean Society as an honorary member.


Addison Gardiner was the first Justice of the Peace ever elected in Rochester.


In 1827, Addison Gardiner was appointed District Attorney of Monroe County.


Addison Gardiner resigned his judicial office in February 1838, and returned to the practice of law at Rochester.


Addison Gardiner was reelected Lieutenant Governor in 1846, defeating Hamilton Fish, the Whig candidate, by a majority of 13,000 votes, although the Whig's candidate for governor John Young was elected by a majority of more than 11,000 over the incumbent Governor Wright - then, the governor and the lieutenant governor, although running mates, were elected on separate ballots.

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Addison Gardiner had been nominated on a cross-endorsed ticket with Young by the Anti-Renters whose votes decided this election.


Addison Gardiner was among the first judges elected on June 7,1847, to the new New York Court of Appeals.


Addison Gardiner became chief judge in 1854, and held the office until the end of 1855 when his term expired.


Judge Addison Gardiner's opinions are reported in Denio's, Comstock's, Selden's and the first three volumes of Reman's reports.


Addison Gardiner died in Rochester and was buried at Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester.