The first African-American governor of New York and the second legally blind Governor in US history.
An ear infection he contracted as a child left him blind in his left eye and ruined his vision in his right eye.
He became the fifty-fifth Governor of New York, serving 2008-2010 after Governor Eliot Spitzer had to resign after it was revealed that he frequented high-end prostitutes.
His father, Basil Paterson, served as a New York state senator and deputy mayor.
He was the governor of New York and was succeeded by Andrew Cuomo.
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