1796-1817


District Attorney Name (Date Appointed & District)


The original appellation of this office was that of Assistant Attorney-General. The districts embraced several counties and were seven in member (Act February 12, 1796). The office was filled by the Governor and Council of Appointments. The Attorney-General officiated personally in New York county. The office of District Attorney was created April 4, 1801. At first the State was divided into seven districts as before, but subsequently several new ones were formed. By a law passed April 1818, each county was constituted a separate district for the purposes of this office. During the prevalence of the Second Constitution, District Attorneys were appointed by the Court of General Sessions in each county.


Act of 1796

Nathaniel Lawrence  ›  02/16/1796    1st District

Abraham Van Vechten  ›  02/16/1796    5th District

Jacob Radcliff  ›  02/23/1796    2nd District

Ambrose Spencer  ›  02/23/1796    3rd District

Anthony L. Blanchard  ›  03/12/1796    4th District

William Stuart  ›  03/31/1796    6th District

Nathaniel W. Howell  ›  02/09/1797    6th District

George Metcalfe  ›  02/16/1797    5th District

Thomas R. Gold  ›  02/26/1797    7th District

Cadwallader D. Colden  ›  01/16/1798    1st District

Conrad E. Elmendorph  ›  01/27/1798    2nd District



First District: Kings, Queens, Richmond, Suffolk, and Westchester counties
Second District: Dutchess, Orange, and Ulster counties
Third District: Columbia and Rensselaer counties
Fourth District: Clinton and Washington counties
Fifth District: Albany, Montgomery, Saratoga, and Schoharie counties
Sixth District: Onondaga, Ontario, Steuben, and Tioga counties
Seventh District: Herkimer and Otsego counties



Act of 1801

Anthony I. Blanchard  ›  1801    4th District

Conrad E. Elmendorph  ›  1801    2nd District

George Metcalfe  ›  1801    5th District

Ebenezer Foot  ›  08/13/1801    3rd District

Richard Riker  ›  08/19/1801    1st District

Smith Thompson  ›  08/19/1801    2nd District

Nathan Williams  ›  08/20/1801    6th District

Lucas Elmendorf  ›  10/28/1801    2nd District

William Stuart  ›  03/02/1802    7th District

John Russell  ›  04/08/1803    4th District

Moses I. Cantine  ›  03/05/1805    3rd District

John V.D. Scott  ›  04/08/1803    3rd District

John Savage  ›  03/10/1806    4th District

Moses I. Cantine  ›  02/08/1808    3rd District

Samuel Whittlesey  ›  04/06/1808    8th District

Nathaniel King  ›  03/30/1809    9th District

Amos Benedict  ›  02/09/1801    8th District

Daniel W. Lewis  ›  02/09/1810    7th District

Randall S. Street  ›  02/09/1810    2nd District

Cadwallader D. Colden  ›  02/13/1810    1st District

Thomas P. Grosvenor  ›  04/03/1810    3rd District

William Stuart  ›  02/12/1811    7th District

Samuel Whittlesey  ›  02/12/1811    8th District

Samuel Hawkins  ›  02/15/1811    2nd District

Moses I. Cantine  ›  02/15/1811    3rd District

Richard Riker  ›  02/19/1811    1st District

Daniel L. Van Antwerp  ›  03/16/1811    5th District

Roger Skinner  ›  06/07/1811    4th District

John Savage  ›  04/11/1812    4th District

Daniel Cady  ›  02/28/1813    5th District

Amos Benedict  ›  03/03/1813    8th District

Daniel Kellogg  ›  03/04/1813    9th District

Barent Gardenier  ›  03/05/1813    1st District

Vincent Matthews  ›  03/12/1813    7th District

Polydorus B. Wisner  ›  03/12/1813    10th District

Joseph Kirkland  ›  03/14/1813    6th District

Alexander McDonald  ›  03/19/1813    11th District

Randall S. Street  ›  03/19/1813    2nd District

David Russell  ›  04/01/1813    4th District

Samuel S. Lusk  ›  04/06/1813    5th District

George Bloom  ›  02/13/1815    2nd District

Jesse L. Billings  ›  02/13/1815    4th District

John Canfield Spencer  ›  02/13/1815    10th District

Richard M. Livingston  ›  02/16/1815    5th District

Ela Collins  ›  03/15/1815    8th District

Daniel Cruger  ›  03/17/1815    7th District

John Rodman  ›  03/31/1815    12th District

Thomas S. Lester  ›  04/08/1815    1st District

Joseph L. Richardson ›  04/17/1815    9th District

William Nelson  ›  07/10/1815    11th District

Thomas H. Hubbard  ›  02/26/1816    6th District

Hugh Maxwell  ›  01/28/1817    12th District

David Woodcock ›  04/15/1817    13th District



First District: Kings, Queens, Richmond, and Suffolk counties, with Westchester until 1816 and New York until 1815. One of the original districts.
Second District: Delaware, Dutchess, Orange, Rockland, and Ulster counties. One of the original districts.
Third District: Columbia, Greene, and Rensselaer counties. One of the original districts.
Fourth District: Clinton, Essex, Warren, and Washington counties, with St. Lawrence from 1802-1808 and Franklin from 1808. One of the original districts.
Fifth District: Albany, Montgomery, Saratoga, and Schoharie counties, with Schenectady from 1809. One of the original districts.
Sixth District: Chenago, Herkimer, Lewis, Oneida, and Otsego counties, with Madision from 1806 and Jefferson from 1805-1808. One of the original districts.
Seventh District: Cayuga, Onondaga, Ontario, Steuben, and Tioga counties, with Allegany from 1806, Broome from 1806-1817, Seneca from 1804-1813, Genesee from 1803-1813, Chautauqua and Niagara from 1808-1813, and Cattaruagus from 1808. One of the original districts.
Eighth District: Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties. Formed March 18, 1808.
Ninth District: Cayuga, Chenango, Madison, and Onondaga counties, with Cortland until 1817. Formed March 29, 1809.
Tenth District: Chautauqua, Genesee, Niagara, Ontario, and Seneca counties. Formed March 12, 1813
Eleventh District: Putnam, Rockland, and Westchester counties. Formed March 12, 1813.
Twelfth District: New York County. Formed March 24, 1815.
Thirteenth District: Broome, Cortland, Seneca, and Tompkins counties. Formed April 15, 1817.