1883 New York state election
|Elections in New York State|
The 1883 New York state election was held on November 6, 1883, to elect the Secretary of State, the State Comptroller, the Attorney General, the State Treasurer and the State Engineer, as well as all members of the New York State Assembly and the New York State Senate. Besides, a constitutional amendment to abolish contract labor from the state prisons was proposed and accepted with 498,402 votes for and 269,377 against.
The Greenback-Labor state convention met on September 5, and nominated Thomas K. Beecher for Secretary of State, Louis A. Post for Attorney General, Gaius L. Halsey for Comptroller, Jurian Winne for Treasurer and Edwin A. Stillman for State Engineer.
The Republican state convention met on September 19 at Richfield Springs, New York. Elbridge G. Lapham was Temporary Chairman until the choice of Warner Miller as President. The incumbents, Secretary of State Joseph B. Carr, Comptroller Ira Davenport, State Engineer Silas Seymour and Attorney General Leslie W. Russell, were re-nominated by acclamation. Pliny T. Sexton was nominated for Treasurer on the first ballot (vote: Sexton 260, Ethan Allen 215).
The Prohibition state convention met on September 26 at Syracuse, New York, and nominated Frederick Gates for Secretary of State, Stephen Merritt for Comptroller, James Baldwin for Treasurer, George A. Dudley for State Engineer and Virgil A. Willard for Attorney General.
The incumbents Carr and Maxwell were re-elected. The incumbents Davenport, Russell and Seymour were defeated.
|Office||Democratic ticket||Republican ticket||Prohibition ticket||Greenback ticket|
|Secretary of State||Isaac H. Maynard||427,491||Joseph B. Carr||446,088||Frederick Gates||18,205||Thomas K. Beecher||7,066|
|Comptroller||Alfred C. Chapin||445,975||Ira Davenport||429,873||Stephen Merritt
||Gaius L. Halsey|
|Attorney General||Denis O'Brien||443,824||Leslie W. Russell||430,058||Virgil A. Willard||Louis F. Post|
|Treasurer||Robert A. Maxwell||446,618||Pliny T. Sexton||428,923||James Baldwin||Jurian Winne|
|State Engineer||Elnathan Sweet||447,198||Silas Seymour||428,327||George A. Dudley||Edwin A. Stillman|
- THE OLD TICKET SELECTED; HARMONIOUS WORK OF THE REPUBLICAN STATE CONVENTION in NYT on September 20, 1883
- Frederick Gates, of Herkimer County, ran also for Treasurer in 1881
- without votes from Hamilton, Rensselaer and Saratoga Counties
- Rev. Thomas Kinnicut Beecher (1824-1900), of Elmira, brother of Henry Ward Beecher, ran also in 1887 and 1889, Obit in NYT on March 15, 1900
- without votes from Rensselaer County
- Rev. Stephen Merritt (b. ca. 1833), Methodist minister, undertaker, ran also for Treasurer in 1879 and Secretary of State in 1881, description in  in NYT on September 25, 1885
- Virgil A. Willard, ran also for the Court of Appeals in 1884
- Pliny T. Sexton (b. ca. 1840), lawyer, of Palmyra, Wayne County, graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Poughkeepsie Law School, President of the First National Bank of Palmyra
- Jurian Winne, ran also in 1879
- George A. Dudley, of Ellenville, ran also in 1875 and 1885
- Edwin A. Stillman, of Canadice, ran also in 1885 and 1887
- The tickets: CANDIDATES IN NEW-YORK in NYT on November 5, 1883
- Result: COMPLETE VOTE OF THE STATE AS CANVASSED BY THE COUNTY SUPERVISORS in NYT on November 23, 1883
- A possible explanation for Maynards defeat: DEMOCRATS WILL CUT COOK, BECAUSE HE AND HIS FRIENDS SLAUGHTERED JUDGE MAYNARD TWO YEARS AGO in NYT on October 30, 1885