New York state election, 1882

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The 1882 New York state election was held on November 7, 1882, to elect the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, the Chief Judge and a U.S. Representative-at-large, as well as all members of the New York State Assembly. Besides, two constitutional amendments were proposed - the abolition of tolls on the State canals, and to increase the number of justices on the New York Supreme Court - and were accepted by the electorate.

History[edit]

The Greenback state convention met on July 19 at Albany, New York. Epenetus Howe was nominated for Governor, James Allen for Lieutenant Governor, Lawrence J. McParlin for Chief Judge, and L. G. McDonald for U.S. Representative-at-large.[1]

The Prohibition state convention met on September 20 at Rochester, New York. Rev. T. J. Bossell was President. Alphonso A. Hopkins was nominated for Governor, William H. Boole, of Kings County, for Lieutenant Governor; C. A. Hammond, of Onondaga County, for Chief Judge; and L. S. Freeman, of Niagara County, for U.S. Representative-at-large.[2]

The Republican state convention met on September 20 at Saratoga, New York. There were two opposing factions in the party: the Half-Breeds led by Governor Alonzo B. Cornell, and the Stalwarts led by Ex-U.S. Senators Roscoe Conkling and Thomas C. Platt in league with railroad magnate Jay Gould. The State Committee met at 9 o'clock at Congress Hall and elected Edward M. Madden to be Temporary Chairman of the convention (vote Madden (St.) 18, Edmund L. Pitts (H.-B.) 14). The convention opened at half past 10 at Town Hall. The roll was called by John W. Vrooman, the Clerk of the New York State Senate. When Madden was proposed for Temporary Chairman, the Half-Breeds objected and proposed Pitts, and a vote was taken. Madden received 251, Pitts 243, showing an almost evenly divided convention with a slight Stalwart majority. U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Charles J. Folger (St.) was nominated for Governor on the second ballot (first ballot: Folger 223, Cornell [incumbent] 180, James W. Wadsworth 69, John H. Starin 19, John C. Robinson 6; second ballot: Folger 257, Cornell 222, Wadsworth 18).[3] B. Platt Carpenter (St.), the Chairman of the State Committee, was nominated for Lieutenant Governor; and A. Barton Hepburn for U.S. Representative-at-large. The incumbent[4] Chief Judge Charles Andrews was nominated to succeed himself.[5] Hepburn declined to run, and the State Committee substituted Howard Carroll, of New York City, on the ticket at a meeting on October 10 at the Fifth Avenue Hotel in New York City (first ballot: Carroll 14, Ferris Jacobs, Jr. 7, Corp. James Tanner 6, John A. King 1; second ballot: Carroll 28).[6]

The Democratic state convention met on September 22 at Shakespeare Hall in Syracuse, New York. The Tammany delegates were admitted again, and the rift in the Party was bridged over. David B. Hill was nominated for Lieutenant Governor by acclamation. William C. Ruger was nominated for Chief Judge on the first ballot (vote: Ruger 210, Rufus W. Peckham, Jr. 163, Augustus Schoonmaker, Jr. 1).[7]

Result[edit]

The whole Democratic ticket was elected.

The incumbent Andrews was defeated.

84 Democrats, 42 Republicans and 2 Independents were elected for the session of 1883 to the New York State Assembly.

1882 state election results
Office Democratic ticket Republican ticket Prohibition ticket Greenback ticket
Governor Grover Cleveland 535,318 Charles J. Folger 342,464 Alphonso A. Hopkins[8] 25,783 Epenetus Howe[9] 11,974
Lieutenant Governor David B. Hill 534,629 B. Platt Carpenter 337,494 William H. Boole James Allen[10]
Chief Judge William C. Ruger 482,822 Charles Andrews 409,422 C. A. Hammond 16,234 Lawrence J. McParlin[11] 10,527
U.S. Representative-at-large Henry W. Slocum 499,555 Howard Carroll 391,899 L. S. Freeman L. G. McDonald[12]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ THE GREENBACK PARTY.; NOMINATIONS OF THE NEW-YORK CONVENTION in NYT on July 20, 1882
  2. ^ NEW-YORK PROHIBITIONISTS.; STATE CONVENTION AT ROCHESTER in NYT on September 21, 1882
  3. ^ END OF A GREAT STRUGGLE; CHARLES J. FOLGER NOMINATED FOR GOVERNOR in NYT on September 21, 1882
  4. ^ Andrews had been appointed in December 1881 to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Charles J. Folger upon the latter's appointment as U.S. Secretary of the Treasury
  5. ^ COMPLETING THE TICKET; THE CANDIDATES SUBMITTED TO THE REPUBLICAN PARTY in NYT on September 22, 1882
  6. ^ THE TICKET COMPLETED; HOWARD CARROLL FOR CONGRESSMAN AT LARGE in NYT on October 11, 1882
  7. ^ CLOSING THE WORK in NYT on September 23, 1882
  8. ^ Prof. Alphonso A. Hopkins, of Monroe County, ran also for Comptroller in 1875, and Secretary of State in 1879
  9. ^ Epenetus Howe (born 1835), "a wealthy farmer", of Speedsville, Tompkins County, ran also for Secretary of State in 1881; assemblyman 1894 and 1895
  10. ^ James Allen (b. ca. 1839), a "Scotchman", of Brooklyn, paper-hanger
  11. ^ Lawrence Jermain McParlin (b. Nov. 14, 1848 Lockport), lawyer; ran also in 1892; and for associate judge in 1881, 1886, 1888, 1893 and 1896
  12. ^ L. G. McDonald (b. ca. 1827), "retired lime manufacturer" of Glens Falls

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See also[edit]

New York gubernatorial elections