William C. Bouck
American politicianDied when: 73 years 102 days (879 months)
Star Sign: Capricorn
William Christian Bouck (January 7, 1786 – April 19, 1859) was an American politician from New York.He was the 13th Governor of New York from 1843 to 1844.
A native of Fultonham, New York, Bouck was educated in the local schools while working on his family's farm and became a farmer himself.
Originally a member of the Democratic-Republican Party, and later a Democrat, he began a government and politics career with election as town clerk of Fulton (1807-1808), town supervisor (1808-1809), and sheriff of Schoharie County (1812-1813).
Bouck served in the militia from 1809 to 1822 and rose through the ranks to become commander of New York's 18th Regiment with the rank of colonel.
As Bouck's career progressed, he served in the New York State Assembly (1814-1816, 1817-1818), and New York State Senate (1821-1822). from 1821 to 1840, Bouck served on the Erie Canal Commission, and during his long tenure, he oversaw construction of the western portion of the canal and several branch canals.
In 1842, Bouck was elected governor, and he served from 1843 to 1844.His term was largely occupied with responding to the Anti-Rent War, and he was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1844.
After leaving office, Bouck served on the state Board of Regents (1845 to 1847) and from 1846 to 1849 was Assistant Treasurer of the United States at the New York City sub-treasury.
Bouck died in Fulton, New York on April 19, 1859.He was buried at Middleburgh Cemetery in Middleburgh, New York.