Some popular former governors of New York state include Martin Van Buren, Grover Cleveland, Theodore Roosevelt, and Franklin Roosevelt. All four men won the U.S. presidental election after serving as governor.
Martin Van Buren served as New York State governor from January to May 1829. He resigned as governor to accept the position of secretary of state in President Jackson's cabinet. Martin Van Buren then served his presidential term from 1837 to 1841. Grover Cleveland was governor from 1883 to 1885 and later president from 1885 to 1889 and 1893 to 1897.
Theodore Roosevelt served as New York state governor from 1899 to 1901, later serving as vice president and then president after the assassination of President McKinley. Franklin D. Roosevelt served as New York governor from 1929 to 1933 before going on to serve as president from 1932 to 1945, which was the longest presidential term of any president.