New York gubernatorial election, 1834

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The 1834 New York gubernatorial election was held from November 3 to 5, 1834 to elect the Governor and Lieutenant Governor of New York.

This was the first fall election in which the Whig Party was involved. On the Democratic side, the nominee was the incumbent Gov. Marcy.

On the Whig side, the nomination was far less obvious; those considered included Amos P. Granger, Daniel C. Verplanck, and others. Eventually William H. Seward, although very young, emerged as the consensus choice. During the campaign itself, the Democratic press charged that Seward was too young to serve; the Whig press countered by giving examples of famous people, including DeWitt Clinton, who had served at young ages.


1834 General election results
Governor candidate Running Mate Party Popular Vote
William L. Marcy John Tracy Democratic 181,905 (51.84%)
William H. Seward Silas M. Stilwell Whig 168,969 (48.16%)

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