Gouverneur is a village in St. Lawrence County, New York, United States. The population was 3,949 at the 2010 census. The village is named after Gouverneur Morris, one of the authors of the Constitution of the United States, as well as a prominent landowner and part-time resident of the area.
The Village of Gouverneur is in the Town of Gouverneur in the southeast part of both the town and the county.
The community is called the "Marble Village" because of the many structures made from marble and the importance of marble in the early economy.
Gouverneur Morris, his relative Samuel Ogden, and partner William Constable were all early landowners in northern New York, and Morris established a summer home in the town. Mining the local marble was one of the first big industries in the area. Later, mining talc and zinc became important.
The Village of Gouverneur was incorporated in 1850.
Edward John Noble, developer and marketer of the Life Savers candy treat. Edward J Noble was born in Gouverneur and educated in the public schools. He also attended Syracuse University and graduated from Yale in 1905. He also was part of the Seaway project and was appointed to the advisory board by president Dwight Eisenhower in 1952. He also at one time owned Boldt Castle in Alexandria Bay New York. Also in 1913 he was the co-founder of the life saver. There are three hospitals named in his honor and a foundation. Noble died very peacefully in his sleep in 1958. The ornamental street lights in the village park are all that remain of the gift of the new street lights that were given to the village by Edward and his brother. The lights are in memory of their father.
Brian Leonard, is an American football player for the Cincinnati Bengals, and a former athlete from Rutgers University. He was the Scarlet Knights' three-year star, earning numerous awards for his play in the Big East Conference. Leonard is renowned for his athleticism due to his size, hands, speed, as well as his leadership, unselfish play and high character. He is well known for jumping over would-be tacklers. This trademark hurdle has been dubbed the "Leonard Leap".