1875 New York state election

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The 1875 New York state election was held on November 2, 1875, to elect the Secretary of State, the State Comptroller, the Attorney General, the State Treasurer, the State Engineer, a Canal Commissioner and an Inspector of State Prisons, as well as all members of the New York State Assembly and the New York State Senate.


The Republican state convention met on September 8 at Saratoga, New York. Frederick W. Seward was nominated for Secretary of State by acclamation. Francis E. Spinner was nominated for Comptroller on the first ballot (vote: Spinner: 259, A. S. Diven 49, Edwin D. Morgan 36, W. W. Palmer 23, E. B. Judson 18, Calvin T. Hulburd 4, Francis C. Barlow 3). Edwin A. Merritt was nominated for Treasurer by acclamation. George F. Danforth was nominated for Attorney General on the first ballot (vote: Danforth 258, L. B. Prince 149). Oliver H. P. Cornell was nominated for State Engineer on the first ballot (vote: Cornell 301, Joseph N. Green 71, Charles H. Fisher 12, George Geddes 1). William T. Tinsley for Canal Commissioner, and Benoni I. Ives for Prison Inspector, were nominated by acclamation.[1]

The Democratic state convention met on September 16 and 17 at Syracuse, New York. John Bigelow, a Republican, was proposed by DeWitt Clinton Littlejohn for Secretary of State, and was nominated by acclamation. Ex-Comptroller Lucius Robinson (in office 1862-1865) was re-nominated by acclamation. Charles S. Fairchild was nominated for Attorney General during the first ballot. Charles N. Ross was nominated for Treasurer on the first ballot. John D. Van Buren, Jr. was nominated for State Engineer by acclamation. Christopher A. Walrath for Canal Commissioner, and Rodney R. Crowley for Prison Inspector, were then nominated amid great noise and confusion.[2]


The whole Democratic ticket was elected.

20 Republicans and 12 Democrats were elected to a two-year term (1876–77) in the New York State Senate.

72 Republicans and 56 Democrats were elected for the session of 1876 to the New York State Assembly.

1875 state election results
Office Democratic ticket Republican ticket Prohibition ticket
Secretary of State John Bigelow 390,211 Frederick W. Seward 375,401 George B. Dusinberre 11,103
Comptroller Lucius Robinson 389,709 Francis E. Spinner 376,150 Alphonso A. Hopkins[3] 10,614
Attorney General Charles S. Fairchild 390,443 George F. Danforth 367,141 Eli T. Marsh 10,927
Treasurer Charles N. Ross 391,637 Edwin A. Merritt 373,575 Stephen B. Ayres 11,013
State Engineer John D. Van Buren, Jr. 391,665 Oliver H. P. Cornell[4] 373,970 George A. Dudley[5] 11,154
Canal Commissioner Christopher A. Walrath 392,184 William T. Tinsley[6] 373,791 Ira Bell[7] 10,879
Inspector of State Prisons Rodney R. Crowley 392,495 Benoni I. Ives[8] 373,043 John B. Gibbs 10,491


  2. ^ THE SYRACUSE CONVENTION in NYT on September 18, 1875
  3. ^ Prof. Alphonso A. Hopkins, of Monroe County, ran also for Secretary of State in 1879, and Governor in 1882
  4. ^ Oliver H. Cornell (b. ca. 1842), brother of Alonzo B. Cornell, graduated from Cornell University, ran also in 1887
  5. ^ George A. Dudley, of Ellenville, ran also in 1883 and 1885
  6. ^ William T. Tinsley, of Wayne County, editor of the Lyons Republican
  7. ^ Ira Bell, of St. Lawrence County, ran also in 1874 for Prison Inspector
  8. ^ Benoni I. Ives, of Cayuga County, Methodist minister, Chaplain of Auburn State Prison, lecturer on Temperance


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