1897 New York City Council President election

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1897 New York City Council President election

November 2, 1897 1901 →

Elected President of the Council

Randolph Guggenheimer

Randolph Guggenheimer

An election was held in New York City to election the President of its Council on November 2, 1897. The charter of the new City of Greater New York had created a bicameral Municipal Assembly, comprising an upper Council and a lower Board of Aldermen. The Council president was elected citywide while the Board of Aldermen elected its own president.[1]

Democrat Randolph Guggenheimer defeated Republican candidate Appleton, N. D. and C. U candidate Schmann, and O'Neill, who ran under the label "Democrat of Thomas Jefferson", to win the Council Presidency.[2]

The bicameral Municipal Assembly would prove to be short-lived, and it was replaced with a unicameral Board of Aldermen in 1901, whose President was elected citywide.[3]


  1. ^ The Charter of the City of New York, Chapter 378 of the Laws of 1897, With amendments passed in 1898 and 1899, and a complete index, and maps of boroughs. Eagle Building, Brooklyn: Office of Publication. September 1899. Retrieved May 9, 2019.
  2. ^ "The Vote for President of Council". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. 57 (305). November 3, 1897. p. 3. Retrieved May 9, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ "New Charter's effect on City affairs". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. August 1, 1901. Retrieved May 9, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.