149th New York State Legislature

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149th New York State Legislature
The facade of the New York State Capitol building in bright daylight
New York State Capitol (2009)

Duration: January 1 – December 31, 1926

President of the State Senate: Lt. Gov. Seymour Lowman (R)
Temporary President of the State Senate: John Knight (R)
Speaker of the State Assembly: Joseph A. McGinnies (R)
Members: 51 Senators
150 Assemblymen
Senate Majority: Republican (29–22)
Assembly Majority: Republican (91–59)

Sessions
1st: January 6 – April 23, 1926
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The 149th New York State Legislature, consisting of the New York State Senate and the New York State Assembly, met from January 6 to April 23, 1926, during the fourth year of Al Smith's second tenure as Governor of New York, in Albany.

Background[edit]

Under the provisions of the New York Constitution of 1894, re-apportioned in 1917, 51 Senators and 150 assemblymen were elected in single-seat districts; senators for a two-year term, assemblymen for a one-year term. The senatorial districts consisted either of one or more entire counties; or a contiguous area within a single county. The counties which were divided into more than one senatorial district were New York (nine districts), Kings (eight), Bronx (three), Erie (three), Monroe (two), Queens (two) and Westchester (two). The Assembly districts were made up of contiguous area, all within the same county.

At this time there were two major political parties: the Republican Party and the Democratic Party.

Elections[edit]

The New York state election, 1925, was held on November 3. No statewide elective offices were up for election.

Assemblywoman Rhoda Fox Graves (Rep.), of Gouverneur, a former school teacher who after her marriage became active in women's organisations and politics, was re-elected, and remained the only woman legislator.

Sessions[edit]

The Legislature met for the regular session at the State Capitol in Albany on January 6, 1926; and adjourned on April 23.[1]

Joseph A. McGinnies (Rep.) was re-elected Speaker.

State Senate[edit]

Districts[edit]

Members[edit]

The asterisk (*) denotes members of the previous Legislature who continued in office as members of this Legislature.

Note: For brevity, the chairmanships omit the words "...the Committee on (the)..."

District Senator Party Notes
1st George L. Thompson* Republican
2nd John L. Karle* Republican
3rd Peter J. McGarry* Democrat on November 2, 1926, elected Register of Queens Co.
4th Philip M. Kleinfeld* Democrat
5th Daniel F. Farrell* Democrat
6th James A. Higgins* Democrat
7th John A. Hastings* Democrat
8th William L. Love* Democrat
9th vacant Frank E. Johnson was elected on November 3, 1925, to the Municipal Court
Charles E. Russell Democrat elected on January 7 to fill vacancy[2]
10th Jeremiah F. Twomey* Democrat
11th Daniel J. Carroll* Democrat
12th vacant Jimmy Walker was elected on November 3, 1925, as Mayor of New York City
Elmer F. Quinn Democrat elected on January 7 to fill vacancy[3]
13th Thomas F. Burchill* Democrat
14th Bernard Downing* Democrat Minority Leader
15th Nathan Straus, Jr.* Democrat
16th Thomas I. Sheridan* Democrat
17th Courtlandt Nicoll* Republican
18th Martin J. Kennedy* Democrat
19th Duncan T. O'Brien* Democrat
20th Michael E. Reiburn* Democrat
21st Henry G. Schackno* Democrat
22nd Benjamin Antin* Democrat
23rd John J. Dunnigan* Democrat
24th Thomas J. Walsh* Democrat
25th Walter W. Westall* Republican
26th Seabury C. Mastick* Republican
27th Caleb H. Baumes* Republican
28th J. Griswold Webb* Republican
29th Arthur F. Bouton* Republican
30th William T. Byrne* Democrat
31st John F. Williams* Republican
32nd Thomas C. Brown* Republican
33rd Mortimer Y. Ferris* Rep./Dem.
34th Warren T. Thayer* Republican
35th Jeremiah Keck* Republican
36th Henry D. Williams* Republican
37th Perley A. Pitcher* Republican
38th George R. Fearon* Republican
39th Willis Wendell* Republican
40th B. Roger Wales* Republican
41st James S. Truman* Republican
42nd Charles J. Hewitt* Republican
43rd Ernest E. Cole* Rep./Soc. on July 1, 1926, appointed Counsel to the State Education Dept.
44th John Knight* Rep./Dem./Soc. Temporary President
45th James L. Whitley* Republican
46th Homer E. A. Dick* Republican
47th William W. Campbell* Rep./Dem.
48th William J. Hickey* Republican
49th Leonard R. Lipowicz* Republican
50th Leonard W. H. Gibbs* Republican
51st Leigh G. Kirkland* Rep./Soc.

Employees[edit]

State Assembly[edit]

Assemblymen[edit]

Note: For brevity, the chairmanships omit the words "...the Committee on (the)..."

District Assemblymen Party Notes
Albany 1st William J. Snyder Democrat
2nd John P. Hayes* Democrat
3rd Frederick B. Linen* Republican
Allegany Cassius Congdon* Republican
Bronx 1st Nicholas J. Eberhard* Democrat
2nd William F. Smith Democrat
3rd Julius S. Berg* Democrat
4th Herman M. Albert Democrat
5th Harry A. Samberg* Democrat
6th Thomas J. McDonald* Democrat
7th John F. Reidy* Democrat
8th Joseph E. Kinsley* Democrat
Broome 1st Edmund B. Jenks* Republican Chairman of Codes
2nd Forman E. Whitcomb* Republican
Cattaraugus James W. Watson* Republican
Cayuga Sanford G. Lyon* Republican
Chautauqua 1st Adolf F. Johnson* Republican
2nd Joseph A. McGinnies* Republican re-elected Speaker
Chemung Hovey E. Copley* Republican
Chenango Bert Lord* Republican
Clinton Ezra Trepanier Republican
Columbia Henry M. James Republican
Cortland Irving F. Rice* Republican
Delaware Ralph H. Loomis* Republican
Dutchess 1st Howard N. Allen* Republican
2nd John M. Hackett* Republican
Erie 1st John S. N. Sprague* Republican
2nd Henry W. Hutt* Republican
3rd Frank X. Bernhardt* Republican
4th John J. Meegan* Democrat
5th Ansley B. Borkowski* Republican
6th Charles A. Freiberg* Republican
7th Edmund F. Cooke* Republican
8th Nelson W. Cheney* Republican
Essex Fred L. Porter* Republican Chairman of State Re-Organization
Franklin John E. Redwood Republican
Fulton and Hamilton Eberly Hutchinson* Republican Chairman of Ways and Means
Genesee Charles P. Miller* Republican
Greene Ellis W. Bentley* Republican
Herkimer Theodore L. Rogers* Republican
Jefferson Jasper W. Cornaire* Republican
Kings 1st Charles F. Cline* Democrat
2nd Murray Hearn* Democrat
3rd Michael J. Gillen Democrat
4th George E. Dennen Democrat
5th John J. Cooney Democrat
6th George Blumberg Republican
7th John J. Howard* Democrat
8th Michael J. Reilly* Democrat
9th Richard J. Tonry* Democrat
10th William C. McCreery Democrat
11th Edward J. Coughlin* Democrat
12th Marcellus H. Evans* Democrat
13th William Breitenbach* Democrat
14th Harry Landau Democrat
15th Edward P. Doyle Democrat
16th Maurice Z. Bungard* Democrat
17th Edward E. Fay* Republican
18th Irwin Steingut* Democrat
19th Jerome G. Ambro* Democrat
20th Frank A. Miller* Democrat
21st Emory F. Dyckman Republican
22nd Jacob H. Livingston Democrat
23rd Joseph F. Ricca* Republican
Lewis Clarence L. Fisher* Republican
Livingston Lewis G. Stapley* Republican
Madison John W. Gates* Republican
Monroe 1st Arthur T. Pammenter* Republican
2nd Simon L. Adler* Republican Majority Leader
3rd Cosmo A. Cilano* Republican
4th Fred J. Slater* Republican
5th W. Ray Austin* Republican
Montgomery Samuel W. McCleary* Republican
Nassau 1st Edwin W. Wallace* Republican
2nd F. Trubee Davison* Republican in July 1926, appointed as Asst. Secretary of War for Air
New York 1st Peter J. Hamill* Democrat
2nd Frank R. Galgano* Democrat
3rd Sylvester A. Dineen* Democrat
4th Samuel Mandelbaum* Democrat
5th Frank A. Carlin* Democrat
6th Morris Weinfeld* Democrat
7th John L. Buckley* Democrat
8th Henry O. Kahan* Democrat
9th John H. Conroy* Democrat
10th Phelps Phelps* Republican
11th Samuel I. Rosenman* Democrat
12th John A. Byrnes Democrat
13th John P. Nugent* Democrat
14th Frederick L. Hackenburg* Democrat
15th Samuel H. Hofstadter* Republican
16th Maurice Bloch* Democrat Minority Leader
17th Meyer Alterman* Democrat
18th Vincent H. Auleta Democrat
19th Abraham Grenthal Republican
20th Louis A. Cuvillier* Democrat
21st Albert Grossman Democrat
22nd Joseph A. Gavagan* Democrat
23rd A. Spencer Feld* Democrat
Niagara 1st Mark T. Lambert* Republican
2nd Frank S. Hall* Republican
Oneida 1st Gordon C. Ferguson* Republican
2nd Russell G. Dunmore* Republican
3rd George J. Skinner* Republican
Onondaga 1st Horace M. Stone* Republican Chairman of Re-Apportionment
2nd Willis H. Sargent* Republican
3rd Richard B. Smith* Republican
Ontario Robert A. Catchpole* Republican
Orange 1st DeWitt C. Dominick* Republican
2nd Alexander G. Hall Republican
Orleans Frank H. Lattin* Republican
Oswego Victor C. Lewis* Republican
Otsego Frank M. Smith* Republican
Putnam D. Mallory Stephens Republican
Queens 1st Henry M. Dietz* Democrat
2nd John T. Hammond Democrat
3rd Alfred J. Kennedy* Democrat
4th Jere F. Ryan Democrat
5th William F. Brunner* Democrat
6th Paul P. Gallagher Democrat
Rensselaer 1st Harry M. Brooks Republican
2nd William D. Thomas* Republican on November 2, 1926, elected Treasurer of Rensselaer Co.
Richmond 1st William S. Hart* Democrat
2nd William L. Vaughan* Democrat
Rockland Walter S. Gedney* Republican
St. Lawrence 1st Rhoda Fox Graves* Republican Chairwoman of Public Institutions
2nd Walter L. Pratt* Republican
Saratoga Burton D. Esmond* Republican
Schenectady 1st Charles W. Merriam* Republican
2nd William M. Nicoll* Republican
Schoharie Kenneth H. Fake* Republican
Schuyler Jacob W. Winters Republican
Seneca William H. Van Cleef* Republican
Steuben 1st Wilson Messer* Republican
2nd Leon F. Wheatley* Republican
Suffolk 1st John G. Downs* Republican
2nd John Boyle, Jr.* Republican
Sullivan J. Maxwell Knapp* Republican
Tioga Daniel P. Witter* Republican
Tompkins James R. Robinson* Republican
Ulster Millard Davis* Republican
Warren Richard J. Bolton* Republican
Washington Herbert A. Bartholomew* Republican
Wayne Harry A. Tellier* Republican
Westchester 1st Thomas Channing Moore* Republican
2nd Herbert B. Shonk* Republican
3rd Milan E. Goodrich* Republican
4th Alexander H. Garnjost* Republican
5th Arthur I. Miller Democrat
Wyoming Webb A. Joiner* Republican
Yates Edwin C. Nutt Republican

Employees[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Governor Takes Ten-Day Rest in NYT on April 25, 1926 (subscription required)
  2. ^ SPECIAL ELECTION WON BY DEMOCRATS; C. E. Russell Chosen to Fill Seat of Justice Johnson in NYT on January 8, 1926 (subscription required)
  3. ^ SPECIAL ELECTION WON BY DEMOCRATS; Elmer F. Quinn to Succeed Walker in NYT on January 8, 1926 (subscription required)

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