56th New York State Legislature
|56th New York State Legislature|
The Old State Capitol (1879)
|Jurisdiction||New York, United States|
|Term||January 1 – December 31, 1833|
|President||Lt. Gov. John Tracy (J)|
|Party control||Jacksonian (25-7)|
|Speaker||Charles L. Livingston (J)|
|Party control||Jacksonian (101-27)|
The 56th New York State Legislature, consisting of the New York State Senate and the New York State Assembly, met from January 1 to April 30, 1833, during the first year of William L. Marcy's governorship, in Albany.
Under the provisions of the New York Constitution of 1821, 32 Senators were elected on general tickets in eight senatorial districts for four-year terms. They were divided into four classes, and every year eight Senate seats came up for election. Assemblymen were elected countywide on general tickets to a one-year term, the whole Assembly being renewed annually.
The Anti-Masonic state convention met on June 21, and nominated again Assemblyman Francis Granger for governor and Samuel Stevens, of New York City, for lieutenant governor. They also nominated a full ticket of presidential electors, apparently composed of some supporters of William Wirt, and some of Henry Clay, but not pledged to any candidate.
The National Republican state convention met on July 26, Ambrose Spencer was chairman. They endorsed The Anti-Masonic nominees Granger and Stevens. They also endorsed the ticket of presidential electors nominated by the Anti-Masons, who—if they won the election—should vote for Henry Clay if this would help to defeat Jackson, otherwise for Wirt. In effect, both parties were in the process of merging, forming an Anti-Jacksonian bloc which eventually became the Whig Party.
State Senator John F. Hubbard (6th D.) was re-elected. John Sudam (2nd D.), Peter Gansevoort (3rd D.), Louis Hasbrouck (4th D.), John G. Stower (5th D.), Samuel L. Edwards (7th D.), John Griffin (8th D.) and Assemblyman Myndert Van Schaick (1st D.) were also elected to the Senate. Griffin and Hasbrouck were Anti-Jacksonians, the other six were Jacksonians.
The Legislature met for the regular session at the Old State Capitol in Albany on January 1, 1833; and adjourned on April 30.
On January 4, the Legislature elected State Comptroller Silas Wright, Jr. to the U.S. Senate, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Gov. Marcy. Wright resigned the office of Comptroller on January 7.
On January 11, the Legislature elected Secretary of State Azariah C. Flagg to succeed Wright as State Comptroller. Flagg resigned the office of Secretary of State on January 12.
On January 15, the Legislature elected Adjutant General John Adams Dix to succeed Flagg as Secretary of State.
On February 4, the Legislature re-elected State Treasurer Abraham Keyser, Jr..
On February 21, the Legislature passed "An act for the construction of the Chenango Canal".
- The First District (4 seats) consisted of Kings, New York, Queens, Richmond and Suffolk counties.
- The Second District (4 seats) consisted of Delaware, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester counties.
- The Third District (4 seats) consisted of Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Schenectady and Schoharie counties.
- The Fourth District (4 seats) consisted of Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Montgomery, St. Lawrence, Saratoga, Warren and Washington counties.
- The Fifth District (4 seats) consisted of Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida and Oswego counties.
- The Sixth District (4 seats) consisted of Broome, Chenango, Cortland, Otsego, Steuben, Tioga and Tompkins counties.
- The Seventh District (4 seats) consisted of Cayuga, Onondaga, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne and Yates counties.
- The Eighth District (4 seats) consisted of Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara and Orleans counties.
The asterisk (*) denotes members of the previous Legislature who continued in office as members of this Legislature. Myndert Van Schaick changed from the Assembly to the Senate.
|First||Alpheus Sherman*||1 year||Jacksonian|
|Jonathan S. Conklin*||2 years||Jacksonian|
|Harman B. Cropsey*||3 years||Jacksonian|
|Myndert Van Schaick*||4 years||Jacksonian|
|Second||Nathaniel P. Tallmadge*||1 year||Jacksonian||on February 5, 1833, elected to the U.S. Senate,
and resigned his seat on February 20
|David M. Westcott*||2 years||Jacksonian|
|Allan Macdonald*||3 years||Jacksonian||also Postmaster of White Plains|
|John Sudam||4 years||Jacksonian|
|Third||William Dietz*||1 year||Jacksonian|
|Herman I. Quackenboss*||2 years||Jacksonian|
|John W. Edmonds*||3 years||Jacksonian||until February 1833, also Recorder of the City of Hudson|
|Peter Gansevoort||4 years||Jacksonian|
|Fourth||Isaac Gere*||1 year||Jacksonian|
|William I. Dodge*||2 years||Jacksonian|
|Josiah Fisk*||3 years||Jacksonian|
|Louis Hasbrouck||4 years||Anti-Jacksonian|
|Fifth||Alvin Bronson*||1 year||Jacksonian|
|Henry A. Foster*||2 years||Jacksonian|
|Robert Lansing*||3 years||Jacksonian|
|John G. Stower||4 years||Jacksonian|
|Sixth||Levi Beardsley*||1 year||Jacksonian|
|Charles W. Lynde*||2 years||Anti-Jacksonian|
|John G. McDowell*||3 years||Jacksonian||also Postmaster of Chemung|
|John F. Hubbard*||4 years||Jacksonian|
|Seventh||Thomas Armstrong*||1 year||Jacksonian||also Supervisor of Butler, and Chairman
of the Board of Supervisors of Wayne Co.
|William H. Seward*||2 years||Anti-Jacksonian|
|Jehiel H. Halsey*||3 years||Jacksonian|
|Samuel L. Edwards||4 years||Jacksonian||until February 1, 1833, also First Judge of Onondaga Co.|
|Eighth||Albert H. Tracy*||1 year||Anti-Jacksonian|
|Trumbull Cary*||2 years||Anti-Jacksonian|
|John Birdsall*||3 years||Anti-Jacksonian|
|John Griffin||4 years||Anti-Jacksonian||until April 26, 1833, also First Judge of Allegany Co.|
- Clerk: John F. Bacon
- Albany County (3 seats)
- Allegany County (1 seat)
- Broome County (1 seat)
- Cattaraugus County (1 seat)
- Cayuga County (4 seats)
- Chautauqua County (2 seats)
- Chenango County (3 seats)
- Clinton County (1 seat)
- Columbia County (3 seats)
- Cortland County (2 seats)
- Delaware County (2 seats)
- Dutchess County (4 seats)
- Erie County (2 seats)
- Essex County (1 seat)
- Franklin County (1 seat)
- Genesee County (3 seats)
- Greene County (2 seats)
- Hamilton and Montgomery counties (3 seats)
- Herkimer County (3 seats)
- Jefferson County (3 seats)
- Kings County (1 seat)
- Lewis County (1 seat)
- Livingston County (2 seats)
- Madison County (3 seats)
- Monroe County (3 seats)
- The City and County of New York (11 seats)
- Niagara County (1 seat)
- Oneida County (5 seats)
- Onondaga County (4 seats)
- Ontario County (3 seats)
- Orange County (3 seats)
- Orleans County (1 seat)
- Oswego County (1 seat)
- Otsego County (4 seats)
- Putnam County (1 seat)
- Queens County (1 seat)
- Rensselaer County (4 seats)
- Richmond County (1 seat)
- Rockland County (1 seat)
- St. Lawrence County (2 seats)
- Saratoga County (3 seats)
- Schenectady County (1 seat)
- Schoharie County (2 seats)
- Seneca County (2 seats)
- Steuben County (2 seats)
- Suffolk County (2 seats)
- Sullivan County (1 seat)
- Tioga County (2 seats)
- Tompkins County (3 seats)
- Ulster County (2 seats)
- Warren County (1 seat)
- Washington (3 seats)
- Wayne County (2 seats)
- Westchester County (3 seats)
- Yates County (1 seat)
The asterisk (*) denotes members of the previous Legislature who continued as members of this Legislature.
The party affiliations follow the vote on U.S. senators and other State officers on January 4, 11 and 15; February 4 and 5; and April 4.
- Clerk: Francis Seger
- Sergeant-at-Arms: Cornelius A. Waldron
- Doorkeeper: Alonzo Crosby
- Assistant Doorkeeper: James Courter
- Tallmadge sent a letter of "acceptance", dated February 20, to the Senate, which was read on February 23. On March, 2 the vacancies on the standing committees, caused by his "resignation", are filled; see Journal of the Senate (56th Session) (1833; pg. 133, 178 and 193)
- see Journal of the Assembly (56th Session) (1833, pg. 93f, 122f, 139, 239ff, 249ff and 646ff)
- The New York Civil List compiled by Franklin Benjamin Hough (Weed, Parsons and Co., 1858) [pg. 109 and 441 for Senate districts; pg. 129 for senators; pg. 148f for Assembly districts; pg. 213f for assemblymen]
- The History of Political Parties in the State of New-York, from the Ratification of the Federal Constitution to 1840 by Jabez D. Hammond (4th ed., Vol. 2, Phinney & Co., Buffalo, 1850; pg. 424 to 435)