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Full Name at Birth
David Alexander Paterson
Date of Birth
Claim to Fame
first African-American governor of New York and the first blind governor of any U.S. state
David Paterson Biography »
David Alexander Paterson (born May 20, 1954) is an American politician and the 55th Governor of New York from 2008 to 2010. He was the first African American governor of New York and also the second legally blind governor of any U.S. state after Bob C. Riley, who was Acting Governor of Arkansas for 11 days in January 1975. Since leaving office, Paterson has been a radio talk show host on station WOR in New York City.