The Governor of the State of New York is the chief executive of the U.S. state of New York. The governor is the head of the executive branch of New York's state government and the commander-in-chief of the state's military and naval forces.
Harry Turtledove has fictionalized the New York Governorship as follows.
Only two Governors are identified:
Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democrat) is Governor from January 1929 until July 1932, when he is killed in an arson fire. This happens identically in both the novel and the short story. He was probably succeeded by Lt. Gov. Herbert H. Lehman, but this is not stated.
Thomas Dewey (Republican) is incumbent in 1940, and presumably still incumbent in 1944 when he loses the presidential election to Joe Steele. This happens only in the novel; in the short story Steele ran unopposed.
In the 20th century, the State Governorship of New York served as a kind of stepping stone to the American Presidency. Incumbent Governors Al Smith (1936) and Thomas Dewey (1944) were elected directly to the presidency.
|Edwin D. Morgan||1859-1862||Republican|
(first name unknown)
|Unknown||N/A||1945-series' end|| Democrat|
The series does not specify the beginning and end dates for each Governor's tenure. Most of the dates listed above are based on reasoned guesswork.
Historical Governors in non-gubernatorial roles
Theodore Roosevelt is a major character in the earlier volumes of Southern Victory, first as a soldier in the 1880s and then as President in the 1910s. Whether he was Governor at any point in the intervening years is not addressed.
Averell Harriman plays a background role in The Hot War: Fallout as a presidential candidate. He is killed in a World War III bombing raid in 1952, three years before the start of his OTL governorship.