United States Senate election in New York, 1815

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The 1815 United States Senate election in New York was held on February 7, 1815, 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]

Obadiah German had been elected in 1809 to this seat, and his term would expire on March 3, 1815.

At the State election in April 1814, a Democratic-Republican majority was elected to the Assembly, and eight of the nine State Senators up for election were Democratic-Republicans. The 38th New York State Legislature met from September 26 to October 24, 1814; and from January 31 to April 18, 1815, at Albany, New York. The party strength in the Assembly as shown by the vote for Speaker was: 61 for Samuel Young and 35 for James Emott.

Candidates[edit]

State Senator Nathan Sanford was the candidate of the Democratic-Republican Party.

Assemblyman James Emott, the Speaker of the previous Assembly session, was the candidate of the Federalist Party.

State Senator Philetus Swift received a "complimentary vote" from Sanford, traditionally the candidates did not vote for themselves.

Result[edit]

Nathan Sanford was the choice of both the Assembly and the Senate, and was declared elected.

1815 United States Senator election result
Office House Democratic-Republican Federalist Democratic-Republican
U.S. Senator State Senate (32 members) Nathan Sanford 24 James Emott 6 Philetus Swift 1
State Assembly (110 members) Nathan Sanford 65 James Emott 34

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