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John Alden Dix

John Alden Dix
38th Governor of New York
In office
January 1, 1911 – December 31, 1912
Lieutenant Thomas F. Conway
Preceded by Horace White
Succeeded by William Sulzer
Personal details
Born (1860-12-25)December 25, 1860
Glens Falls, New York
Died April 9, 1928(1928-04-09) (aged 67)
New York City, New York
Political party Democratic
Religion Episcopalian

John Alden Dix (December 25, 1860 – April 9, 1928) was the 38th Governor of New York from January 1911 to December 1912.


Born in Glens Falls, New York, Dix attended Cornell University from 1879–1882,[1] but never graduated. He was an initiated member of the Beta Charge of the Theta Delta Chi fraternity. He married Gertrude Alden Thomson, daughter of Albany lumber merchant Lemon Thomson. Gertrude's sister, Nancy Sherman Thomson (1867–1927), was married to State Senator Curtis N. Douglas (1856–1919).[2] At the New York state election, 1908, Dix ran for Lieutenant Governor of New York on the Democratic ticket with Lewis S. Chanler, but was defeated. At the New York state election, 1910, he ran for Governor of New York on the Democratic ticket and was elected.

He died in New York City, and was buried at Albany Rural Cemetery in Menands.

He had the same first and last name as Union General and Governor of New York John Adams Dix, and was many times in the newspapers referred to as a nephew, or a first cousin once removed (i.e. the son of a first cousin) of John Adams Dix, but John Alden Dix had no known family relationship with John Adams Dix, who had no paternal first cousins at all.[3]


  1. ^ "The Ten Year Book of Cornell University Volume 2 1868–1888 pp.87". 
  2. ^ Douglas-Thomson genealogy at
  3. ^ "The Dix Ancestry" transcription of a letter to the New York Times by Warren R. Dix, of September 24, 1908
Party political offices
Preceded by
Lewis S. Chanler
Democratic Party nominee for Lieutenant Governor of New York
Succeeded by
Thomas F. Conway
Preceded by
William. J. Conners
Chairman of the New York State Democratic Committee
Succeeded by
Winfield A. Huppuch
Political offices
Preceded by
Horace White
Governor of New York
Succeeded by
William Sulzer
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