93rd New York State Legislature
|93rd New York State Legislature|
The Old State Capitol (1879)
|Duration: January 1 – December 31, 1870|
|President of the State Senate:||Lt. Gov. Allen C. Beach (D)|
|Temporary President of the State Senate:||Henry C. Murphy (D), from January 17|
|Speaker of the State Assembly:||William Hitchman (D)|
|Senate Majority:||Democratic (18-14)|
|Assembly Majority:||Democratic (73-55)|
|1st: January 4 – April 26, 1870|
The 93rd New York State Legislature, consisting of the New York State Senate and the New York State Assembly, met from January 4 to April 26, 1870, during the second year of John T. Hoffman'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 (five districts) and Kings County (two districts). The Assembly districts were made up of entire towns, or city wards, forming a contiguous area, all within the same county.
According to the Constitution of 1846, twenty years after its elaboration the electorate was asked if they wanted a Constitutional Convention to be held, which was answered at the New York state election, 1866, in the affirmative. On April 23, 1867, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention were elected, resulting in a Republican majority. On June 4, the Constitutional Convention met at Albany; adjourned on September 23; and met again on November 12. On February 28, 1868, the Constitutional Convention adjourned sine die. How to put the proposed amendments before the electorate was then debated throughout the 91st and the 92nd Legislature.
The New York state election, 1869 was held on November 3. All nine statewide elective offices up for election were carried by the Democrats. All amendments proposed by the Constitutional Convention, except the re-organization of the judicial system, were rejected by the voters. The approximate party strength at this election, as expressed by the vote for Secretary of State, was: Democrats 331,000 and Republicans 310,000.
The Legislature met for the regular session at the Old State Capitol in Albany on January 4, 1870; and adjourned on April 26.
On January 17, Henry C. Murphy (D) was elected President pro tempore of the State Senate.
On February 10, the Legislature re-elected Joseph S. Bosworth (D) as a Metropolitan Police Commissioner, for a term of eight years beginning on March 1, 1870.
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.
Party affiliations follow the vote for Senate Clerk and Police Commissioner.
|1st||Samuel H. Frost||Democrat|
|2nd||James F. Pierce*||Democrat||re-elected; took his seat on January 11|
|3rd||Henry C. Murphy*||Democrat||re-elected; on January 17, elected President pro tempore|
|4th||William M. Tweed*||Democrat||re-elected|
|5th||Michael Norton*||Democrat||re-elected; also an Alderman of New York City|
|6th||Thomas J. Creamer*||Democrat||re-elected|
|7th||John J. Bradley*||Democrat||re-elected|
|8th||Henry W. Genet*||Democrat||re-elected|
|10th||William M. Graham*||Democrat||re-elected|
|11th||George Morgan||Democrat||also Mayor of Poughkeepsie|
|12th||Francis S. Thayer*||Republican||re-elected|
|13th||A. Bleecker Banks*||Democrat||re-elected|
|14th||Jacob Hardenbergh||Democrat||took his seat on January 6|
|15th||Isaiah Blood||Democrat||died on November 29, 1870|
|16th||Christopher F. Norton||Democrat|
|17th||Abraham X. Parker*||Republican||re-elected|
|19th||George H. Sanford||Democrat|
|20th||Augustus R. Elwood||Republican|
|21st||William H. Brand||Republican|
|22nd||George N. Kennedy*||Republican||re-elected|
|23rd||John F. Hubbard Jr.*||Democrat||re-elected|
|24th||Orlow W. Chapman*||Republican||re-elected|
|25th||William B. Woodin||Republican||also Surrogate of Cayuga County|
|26th||Abraham V. Harpending||Republican||took his seat on January 11|
|27th||Theodore L. Minier||Republican|
|31st||Loran L. Lewis||Republican|
|32nd||Allen D. Scott||Republican|
- Clerk: Hiram Calkins
- Sergeant-at-Arms: George Graham
- Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms: Abraham J. Meyers
- Doorkeeper: Alexander H. Waterman
- Assistant Doorkeeper: W. W. McKinney
- Assistant Doorkeeper: John Drew
- Assistant Doorkeeper: Orson Root
- Assistant Doorkeeper: Cornelius V. Simpkins
- Stenographer: Andrew Devine, from February 10
The asterisk (*) denotes members of the previous Legislature who continued as members of this Legislature.
Party affiliations follow the vote for Speaker.
- Clerk: Cornelius W. Armstrong
- Sergeant-at-Arms: Jeriah G. Rhoads
- Doorkeeper: James C. Pierce
- First Assistant Doorkeeper: M. W. Wall
- Second Assistant Doorkeeper: Hugh Ryan
- Stenographer: George Wakeman
- 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.
- Harpending had been elected in a special election on December 28, 1869, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Senator-elect Charles J. Folger who had been appointed as Assistant United States Treasurer in New York.
- see A Compilation of Cases of Contested Elections to Seats in the Assembly of the State of New York (1871; pg. 465–468)
- see A Compilation of Cases of Contested Elections to Seats in the Assembly of the State of New York (1871; pg. 456–462)
- John Henry White (born 1821), served previously in the Assembly of 1850, brother of Assemblyman Marshall F. White (1866 and 1867, from Rensselaer Co.)
- John Brown (born 1816), served previously in the Assembly of 1852, Naturalization Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas from 1853
- see A Compilation of Cases of Contested Elections to Seats in the Assembly of the State of New York (1871; pg. 470)
- see A Compilation of Cases of Contested Elections to Seats in the Assembly of the State of New York (1871; pg. 462ff)
- see A Compilation of Cases of Contested Elections to Seats in the Assembly of the State of New York (1871; pg. 468f)
- The New York Civil List compiled by Franklin Benjamin Hough, Stephen C. Hutchins and Edgar Albert Werner (1870; see pg. 439 for Senate districts; pg. 444 for senators; pg. 450–463 for Assembly districts; pg. 512f for assemblymen)
- Journal of the Senate (93rd Session) (1870)
- Journal of the Assembly (93rd Session) (1870; Vol. I)
- Life Sketches of Executive Officers, and Members of the Legislature of the State of New York, Vol. III by H. H. Boone & Theodore P. Cook (1870)