United States Senate election in New York, 1797

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The 1797 United States Senate election in New York was held on January 24, 1797, by the New York State Legislature to elect a U.S. Senator (Class 1) to represent the State of New York in the United States Senate.

Background[edit]

Democratic-Republican Aaron Burr had been elected in 1791, defeating the incumbent Federalist Philip Schuyler.

At the State election in April 1796, Federalist majorities were elected to both houses of the 20th New York State Legislature which met from November 1 to 11, 1796, at New York City, and from January 3 to April 3, 1797, at Albany, New York.

Candidates[edit]

Aaron Burr ran for re-election as the Democratic-Republican candidate.

Ex-U.S. Senator (in office 1789-1791) Philip Schuyler, now a State Senator, ran again as the candidate of the Federalist Party.

Result[edit]

Schuyler was the choice of both the State Senate and the State Assembly, and was declared elected.

1797 United States Senator election result
Office House Federalist candidate Democratic-Republican candidate
U.S. Senator State Senate (42 members) Philip Schuyler Aaron Burr
State Assembly (96 members) Philip Schuyler Aaron Burr

Aftermath[edit]

Schuyler resigned on January 3, 1798 because of ill health, and a special election to fill the vacancy was held on January 11, 1798.

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