103rd New York State Legislature
|103rd New York State Legislature|
New York State Capitol (2009)
|Duration: January 1 – December 31, 1880|
|President of the State Senate:||Lt. Gov. George G. Hoskins (R)|
|Temporary President of the State Senate:||William H. Robertson (R)|
|Speaker of the State Assembly:||George H. Sharpe (R)|
|Senate Majority:||Republican (25-7)|
|Assembly Majority:||Republican (93-35)|
|1st: January 6 – May 27, 1880|
The 103rd New York State Legislature, consisting of the New York State Senate and the New York State Assembly, met from January 6 to May 27, 1880, during the first year of Alonzo B. Cornell's governorship, in Albany.
Under the provisions of the New York Constitution of 1846, 32 Senators and 128 assemblymen were elected in single-seat districts; senators for a two-year term, assemblymen for a one-year term. The senatorial districts were made up of entire counties, except New York County (seven districts) and Kings County (three districts). The Assembly districts were made up of entire towns, or city wards, forming a contiguous area, all within the same county.
On April 23, 1879, the Legislature re-apportioned the Senate districts; and the Assembly seats per county. Columbia, Delaware, Madison, Oneida, Ontario and Oswego counties lost one seat each; Kings and New York counties gained three seats each.
At this time there were two major political parties: the Republican Party and the Democratic Party. Tammany Hall Boss John Kelly engaged in a fierce struggle against the Democratic majority led by Samuel J. Tilden and Lucius Robinson, and ran as a "spoiler candidate" to defeat Gov. Robinson who ran for re-election.
The New York state election, 1879 was held on November 4. Republicans Alonzo B. Cornell and George G. Hoskins were elected Governor and Lieutenant Governor. Of the other five statewide elective office up for election, four were carried by the Republicans, and one by a Democrat. The approximate party strength at this election, as expressed by the vote for Governor, was: Republican 419,000; Democratic 376,000; Tammany Hall 78,000; Greenback 20,000; and Prohibition 4,500.
The Legislature met for the regular session at the State Capitol in Albany on January 6, 1880; and adjourned on May 27.
William H. Robertson was re-elected President pro tempore of the State Senate.
Note: There are now 62 counties in the State of New York. The counties which are not mentioned in this list had not yet been established, or sufficiently organized, the area being included in one or more of the abovementioned counties.
The asterisk (*) denotes members of the previous Legislature who continued in office as members of this Legislature. Jacob Seebacher, Ferdinand Eidman, Robert H. Strahan and Waters W. Braman changed from the Assembly to the Senate.
|2nd||William H. Murtha||Democrat|
|3rd||Frederick A. Schroeder||Republican|
|4th||John C. Jacobs*||Democrat||re-elected|
|8th||Robert H. Strahan*||Republican||unsuccessfully contested by John W. Browning (D)|
|9th||Francis M. Bixby||Democrat|
|10th||William W. Astor||Republican|
|11th||George H. Forster||Republican|
|12th||William H. Robertson*||Republican||re-elected; re-elected President pro tempore|
|13th||Edward M. Madden||Republican|
|14th||Charles A. Fowler||Democrat|
|15th||Stephen H. Wendover*||Republican||re-elected|
|16th||Isaac V. Baker Jr.||Republican|
|17th||Waters W. Braman*||Republican|
|19th||William W. Rockwell*||Republican||re-elected|
|20th||Dolphus S. Lynde*||Republican||re-elected|
|23rd||Albert M. Mills||Republican|
|24th||Edwin G. Halbert*||Republican||re-elected|
|26th||William B. Woodin||Republican|
|28th||George P. Lord||Republican|
|29th||Edmund L. Pitts||Republican|
|30th||James H. Loomis*||Republican||re-elected|
|31st||Benjamin H. Williams||Republican|
|32nd||Loren B. Sessions*||Republican||re-elected; also Supervisor of the Town of Harmony|
- Clerk: John W. Vrooman
- Sergeant-at-Arms: John W. Corning
- Doorkeeper: James G. Caw
- Stenographer: Hudson C. Tanner
The asterisk (*) denotes members of the previous Legislature who continued as members of this Legislature.
Party affiliations follow the vote for Speaker.
- Clerk: Edward M. Johnson
- Sergeant-at-Arms: Sidney M. Robinson
- Doorkeeper: Henry Wheeler
- First Assistant Doorkeeper: Michael Maher
- Second Assistant Doorkeeper: John W. Wheeler
- Stenographer: Worden E. Payne
- Except New York City where the wards were apportioned into election districts, and then some whole wards and some election districts of other wards were gerrymandered together into Assembly districts.
- THE APPORTIONMENT BILL in NYT on April 21, 1879
- see A Compilation of Cases of Contested Elections to Seats in the Assembly of the State of New York (1899; pg. 589–595)
- La Mott W. Rhodes, of Troy, died March 1, 1890, in St. Helena, California
- David Ogden Bradley (born 1827), son of Henry Bradley, the Liberty Party candidate for Governor at the New York state election, 1846
- Civil List and Constitutional History of the Colony and State of New York compiled by Edgar Albert Werner (1884; see pg. 276 for Senate districts; pg. 291 for senators; pg. 298–304 for Assembly districts; and pg. 379 for assemblymen)
- Journal of the Assembly (103rd Session) (1880)