New York state election, 1910

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The 1910 New York state election was held on November 8, 1910, to elect the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, the Secretary of State, the State Comptroller, the Attorney General, the State Treasurer, the State Engineer and two judges of the New York Court of Appeals, as well as all members of the New York State Assembly and the New York State Senate. Besides, the voters were asked if they approved a $2,500,000 bond issue for the improvement and extension of Palisades Interstate Park, which was answered in the affirmative, with 349,281 For and 285,910 Against. A constitutional amendment which proposed to add two judges to the New York Court of Appeals and to increase the judges' salaries[1] was rejected by a margin of only 292 votes, with 332,300 For and 332,592 Against.

History[edit]

The Socialist state convention met on June 26 at Schenectady, New York. They nominated Charles Edward Russell for Governor; Gustave Adolph Strebel for Lieutenant Governor; Mrs. Bertha Mathews Fraser, of Brooklyn, for Secretary of State; Orcus A. Curtis for Comptroller; Sylvester Butler, of Schenectady, for Treasurer; Henry L. Slobodin for Attorney General; William Lippelt, of Rochester, for State Engineer; and Morris Hillquit and Louis B. Boudin for the Court of Appeals. Bertha M. Fraser was the first woman in New York history to be nominated for state office.[2]

The Republican state convention met on September 27 and 28 at Saratoga, New York. Ex-President Theodore Roosevelt was elected Temporary Chairman. Roosevelt steamrollered the old political bosses, and made the convention nominate his choices. Henry L. Stimson was nominated on the first ballot after a nominating speech by Roosevelt (vote: Stimson 684, William S. Bennet 242, Thomas B. Dunn 38, James B. McEwan 35).[3]

The Democratic state convention met on September 29 and 30 at Rochester, New York. Herbert P. Bissell, of Buffalo, was Permanent Chairman. John Alden Dix was nominated for Governor on the first ballot (vote: Dix 434, William Sulzer 16).[4]

The Independence League state convention met on October 5 at Cooper Union in New York City. Alfred J. Boulton, the People's Party candidate for Governor in 1904, was Temporary Chairman until the choice of Herbert R. Limberg, of New York City, as Permanent Chairman. Hearst (at the time on board the Mauretania returning from Europe, and in contact by wireless messages) wanted the League to endorse the Republican ticket, but the delegates chose to nominate a separate ticket (vote: 212 for, 94 against, 93 did not vote). They nominated the Chairman of the League's State Committee John J. Hopper for Governor, and Hearst for Lieutenant Governor, and then adjourned.[5] The convention met again on October 7, and nominated Dr. Thomas P. Scully, of Oneida County, for Secretary of State; Arnold B. MacStay, of New York City, for Comptroller; William I. Sirovich for Treasurer; James E. Lee, of Rockland County, for State Engineer; Robert Stewart, of Brooklyn, for Attorney General; and Reuben Robie Lyon and James A. Allen, of New York City, for the Court of Appeals.[6]

Result[edit]

The whole Democratic ticket was elected.

The incumbent Vann was re-elected. The incumbents Koenig, O'Malley and Williams were defeated.

The Republican, Democratic, Independence League, Socialist and Prohibition parties maintained automatic ballot status (necessary 10,000 votes), the Socialist Labor Party did not re-attain it.

1910 state election results
Office Democratic ticket Republican ticket Socialist ticket Independence League ticket Prohibition ticket Socialist Labor ticket
Governor John Alden Dix 689,700 Henry L. Stimson 622,299 Charles Edward Russell 48,529 John J. Hopper 48,470 T. Alexander MacNicholl[7] 22,295 Frank E. Passanno 5,717
Lieutenant Governor Thomas F. Conway 662,630 Edward Schoeneck 632,746 Gustave A. Strebel[8] 48,573 William Randolph Hearst 60,286 Calvin McCarthy 23,503 James T. Hunter[9] 5,852
Secretary of State Edward Lazansky 650,879 Samuel S. Koenig 649,006 Bertha M. Fraser 48,492 Thomas P. Scully 54,132 N. Horace Gillette 24,095 Henry Kuhn 5,922
Comptroller William Sohmer 661,811 James Thompson[10] 643,403 Orcus A. Curtis 48,668 Arnold B. MacStay 48,909 Bernard Clauson 23,809 Carl A. Luedecke 5,936
Attorney General Thomas Carmody 654,763 Edward R. O'Malley 650,312 Henry L. Slobodin 48,601 Robert Stewart 48,280 Francis E. Baldwin 23,767 Lewis F. Alrutz 5,938
Treasurer John J. Kennedy 662,093 Thomas F. Fennell 643,761 Sylvester Butler 48,619 William I. Sirovich 48,148 Charles J. Call 23,846 William A. Walters 5,940
State Engineer John A. Bensel 661,450 Frank M. Williams 643,384 William Lippelt 48,508 James A. Lee 48,322 Albert W. Pierson 23,608 Jeremiah D. Crowley 5,950
Judge of the Court of Appeals Frederick Collin Irving G. Vann 1,156,079 Morris Hillquit 48,982 Reuben Robie Lyon[11] 48,698 Alfred L. Manierre[12] 23,721 Charles H. Chase 5,841
Judge of the Court of Appeals Irving G. Vann Frederick Collin 1,131,944 Louis B. Boudin 48,232 James A. Allen 47,825 Gilbert Elliott 23,207 (none)

Obs.:

  • "Blank, void and scattering" votes: 8,239 (Governor); 10,007 (Lt. Gov.); 10,695 (Secretary); 10,811 (Comptroller); 11,066 (Treasurer); 11,129 (Engineer); 11,295 (Att. Gen.); 429,307 (amendment); 448,869 (bond issue)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The annual salaries were $14,200 (Chief) and 13,700 (associate), and should have been increased by $1,300 each.
  2. ^ SOCIALISTS NAME TICKET in NYT on June 27, 1910
  3. ^ STIMSON HEADS TICKET AFTER ROOSEVELT PLEA in NYT on September 29, 1910
  4. ^ DIX NOMINATED BY DEMOCRATS in NYT on October 1, 1910
  5. ^ HEARST'S LEAGUE OUT OF CONTROL in NYT on October 6, 1910
  6. ^ FULL HEARST TICKET in NYT on October 8, 1910
  7. ^ Dr. Thomas Alexander MacNicholl, of Pleasantville, co-founder of the New York Red Cross Hospital (1893), Vice President of the American Medical Society for the Study of Alcohol, ran also in 1912
  8. ^ Gustave A. Strebel, tailor, of Syracuse, ran also for Lieutenant Governor in 1906, 1908 and 1912; and for Governor in 1914
  9. ^ James T. Hunter (1870-1952), silversmith, ran also for Mayor of New York City in 1903, and for Governor in 1914 Obit in NYT on January 7, 1952 (subscription required)
  10. ^ James Thompson (b. 1861 New York City), College of the City of New York graduate, manufacturer, President of the Village of Valley Falls
  11. ^ Reuben Robie Lyon, lawyer, of Bath, ran also in 1907 and 1908
  12. ^ Alfred Lee Manierre (May 4, 1861 New York City - Oct. 1, 1911 NYC), Columbia College graduate, lawyer, ran also in 1902 for Governor, Obit in NYT on October 2, 1911

Sources[edit]

New York State Red Book 1911

See also[edit]

New York gubernatorial elections