58th New York State Legislature

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58th New York State Legislature
57th 59th
Old State Capitol at Albany NY.jpg
The Old State Capitol (1879)
Overview
Jurisdiction New York, United States
Term January 1 – December 31, 1835
Senate
Members 32
President Lt. Gov. John Tracy (D)
Party control Democratic (28-4)
Assembly
Members 128
Speaker Charles Humphrey (D)
Party control Democratic (94-33)
Sessions
1st January 6 – May 11, 1835

The 58th New York State Legislature, consisting of the New York State Senate and the New York State Assembly, met from January 6 to May 11, 1835, during the third year of William L. Marcy's governorship, in Albany.

Background[edit]

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.

State Senator John Birdsall resigned on June 5; and State Senator Louis Hasbrouck died on August 20, 1834; leaving vacancies in the Fourth and Eighth District.

Surveyor General Simeon De Witt died on December 3, 1834, leaving a vacancy to be filled by the Legislature.

At this time there were two political parties: the Democratic Party and the Whig Party.

The Whig state convention nominated State Senator William H. Seward for Governor, and Silas M. Stilwell for Lieutenant Governor.

The Democratic state convention met on September 10 at Herkimer and nominated Gov. Marcy and Lt. Gov. Tracy for re-election.

Elections[edit]

The State election was held from November 3 to 5, 1834. Gov. William L. Marcy and Lt. Gov. John Tracy were re-elected.

Coe S. Downing (1st D.), John P. Jones (2nd D.), Abraham L. Lawyer (3rd D.), Samuel Young (4th D.), Abijah Beckwith (5th D.), Levi Beardsley (6th D.), Chester Loomis (7th D.), Isaac Lacey (8th D.); and Assemblymen Jabez Willes (4th D.) and Chauncey J. Fox (8th D.) were elected to the Senate. Lacey and Fox were Whigs, the other eight were Democrats.

Sessions[edit]

The Legislature met for the regular session at the Old State Capitol in Albany on January 6, 1835; and adjourned on May 11.

Charles Humphrey (D) was elected Speaker with 91 votes against 31 for Mark H. Sibley (W).

Upon taking their seats in the Senate, Young and Willes (4th D.), and Fox and Lacey (8th D.), drew lots to decide which one of the two senators elected in each district would serve the short term, and which one the full term. Young and Fox drew the short term, and Willes and Lacey the full term.[1]

On January 20, the Legislature elected William Campbell as Surveyor General; and Amasa J. Parker as a regent of the University of the State of New York.

On February 2, the Legislature re-elected Attorney General Greene C. Bronson and State Treasurer Abraham Keyser.

On May 6, Canal Commissioner Michael Hoffman resigned.

On May 9, the Legislature elected Heman J. Redfield to succeed Hoffman; and Washington Irving as a regent of the University of the State of New York. Redfield declined to take office, and Gov. Marcy appointed John Bowman to fill the vacancy temporarily.

State Senate[edit]

Districts[edit]

Note: There are now 62 counties in the State of New York. The counties which are not mentioned in this list had not yet been established, or sufficiently organized, the area being included in one or more of the abovementioned counties.

Members[edit]

The asterisk (*) denotes members of the previous Legislature who continued in office as members of this Legislature. Jabez Willes and Chauncey J. Fox changed from the Assembly to the Senate.

District Senators Term left Party Notes
First Harman B. Cropsey* 1 year Democrat
Myndert Van Schaick* 2 years Democrat
Charles L. Livingston* 3 years Democrat
Coe S. Downing 4 years Democrat
Second Allan Macdonald* 1 year Democrat also Postmaster of White Plains
John Sudam* 2 years Democrat died on April 13, 1835
Leonard Maison* 3 years Democrat
John P. Jones 4 years Democrat
Third John W. Edmonds* 1 year Democrat
Peter Gansevoort* 2 years Democrat
John C. Kemble* 3 years Democrat
Abraham L. Lawyer 4 years Democrat
Fourth Josiah Fisk* 1 year Democrat
Samuel Young 2 years Democrat elected to fill vacancy, in place of Louis Hasbrouck;
also a Canal Commissioner and First Judge of the Saratoga Co. Court
Isaac W. Bishop* 3 years Democrat
Jabez Willes* 4 years Democrat
Fifth Robert Lansing* 1 year Democrat
John G. Stower* 2 years Democrat resigned on September 29, 1835
Francis Seger* 3 years Democrat
Abijah Beckwith 4 years Democrat
Sixth John G. McDowell* 1 year Democrat also Postmaster of Chemung
John F. Hubbard* 2 years Democrat
Ebenezer Mack* 3 years Democrat
Levi Beardsley 4 years Democrat
Seventh Jehiel H. Halsey* 1 year Democrat
Samuel L. Edwards* 2 years Democrat
Thomas Armstrong* 3 years Democrat
Chester Loomis 4 years Democrat also Postmaster of Rushville
Eighth Chauncey J. Fox* 1 year Whig elected to fill vacancy, in place of John Birdsall
John Griffin* 2 years Whig
Albert H. Tracy* 3 years Whig
Isaac Lacey 4 years Whig

Employees[edit]

State Assembly[edit]

Districts[edit]

Note: There are now 62 counties in the State of New York. The counties which are not mentioned in this list had not yet been established, or sufficiently organized, the area being included in one or more of the abovementioned counties.

Assemblymen[edit]

The asterisk (*) denotes members of the previous Legislature who continued as members of this Legislature. Herman I. Quackenboss changed from the Senate to the Assembly.

The party affiliations follow the vote on State officers on January 20, February 2 and May 9.[2]

District Assemblymen Party Notes
Albany Edward Livingston Democrat
Tobias T. E. Waldron Whig
(Henry G. Wheaton) Wheaton did not claim or take the seat; contested
David G. Seger Democrat seated on January 9, 1835, in place of Wheaton[3]
Allegany Alvin Burr Whig
Broome Neri Blatchly Whig
Cattaraugus Albert G. Burke Whig
Cayuga Cornelius Cuykendall* Democrat
Andrew Groom* Democrat
Noyes Palmer* Democrat
Andrews Preston Democrat
Chautauqua Orren McCluer Whig
John Woodward Jr. Whig
Chenango Hendrick Crain Democrat
Henry Crary Democrat
Woodward Warren Democrat
Clinton Lemuel Stetson Democrat
Columbia Jacob Shafer Democrat
Horace Stevens Democrat
Julius Wilcoxson Democrat
Cortland Aaron Brown Whig
Barak Niles Whig
Delaware Dubois Burhans Democrat
William B. Ogden Democrat
Dutchess Theodore V. W. Anthony* Democrat
David Barnes Jr. Democrat
Stoddard Judd Democrat
Stephen Thorn Democrat
Erie William A. Moseley Whig
Ralph Plumb Whig
Essex Thomas A. Tomlinson Whig
Franklin Asa Hascall Whig
Genesee Truman Lewis* Whig
Samuel Richmond Whig
Amos Tyrrel Jr. Whig
Greene David Ingersoll Democrat
Anthony Van Bergen Democrat
Hamilton and
Montgomery
Henry Adams Democrat
Ashbel Loomis Democrat
Collins Odell Democrat
Herkimer Charles Gray Democrat
Peter P. Murphy Democrat
Henry Tillinghast Democrat
Jefferson Calvin Clark Whig
Eli Farwell Whig
Charles Strong Whig
Kings Philip Brasher* Democrat
Lewis Charles Dayan Democrat
Livingston Hollom Hutchinson Whig
George W. Patterson Whig
Madison Joseph Clark Democrat
William J. Hough Democrat
Jason W. Powers Democrat
Monroe George Brown Whig
Derick Sibley Whig
Enoch Strong Whig
New York Thomas N. Carr Democrat
Charles P. Clinch Democrat
Charles Henry Hall Democrat
Job Haskell Democrat
Thomas Herttell* Democrat
Herman I. Quackenboss* Democrat previously a member from Delaware Co., and then from Greene Co.
Christopher C. Rice Democrat
Benjamin Ringgold* Democrat
James J. Roosevelt Jr. Democrat
Prosper M. Wetmore Democrat
Andrew C. Wheeler Democrat
Niagara Hiram McNeil Whig
Oneida Merit Brooks Democrat
Dan P. Cadwell Democrat
Riley Shepard Democrat
David Wager Democrat
Amos Woodworth Democrat
Onondaga David C. Lytle Democrat
Sandford C. Parker Democrat
George Pettit Democrat
John Wilkinson Democrat also Postmaster of Syracuse
Ontario Ariel Hendee Whig
William Hildreth Whig
Mark H. Sibley Whig
Orange Merit H. Cash* Democrat
Robert Denniston Democrat
(Robert Fowler) Democrat Fowler died before the beginning of the session; James Finch (D) was
elected in a special election, and seated on January 23[4]
Orleans Asa Clark* Democrat
Oswego Jesse Crowell Democrat
Otsego Joseph Carpenter Democrat
Henry Harvey Democrat
Cornelius Jones Democrat
Joseph Peck Democrat
Putnam Daniel Kent Democrat
Queens Thomas B. Jackson* Democrat
Rensselaer Chester Griswold Democrat
Jacob W. Lewis Whig
Daniel Simmons Whig
Martin Springer Democrat
Richmond Lawrence Hillyer Whig
Rockland Edward Suffern Democrat
St. Lawrence Preston King Democrat
William S. Paddock Democrat
Saratoga Eli Beecher Democrat
Asahel Philo Democrat
William B. Van Benthuisen Democrat resigned on March 11, 1835
Schenectady David Ostrom Democrat
Schoharie John F. Hiller Democrat
Jonas Krum Democrat
Seneca Caleb Barnum Democrat
John D. Coe* Democrat
Steuben Jeremiah Baker Democrat
Joshua Healy* Democrat
Suffolk George L. Conklin Democrat
George S. Phillips Democrat
Sullivan James Eldred Democrat
Tioga Green Bennet Democrat
George Fisher Democrat
Tompkins Charles Humphrey* Democrat elected Speaker
Parvis A. Williams Democrat
Caleb Woodbury Democrat
Ulster Henry I. Davis Democrat
William Woodworth
Warren Truman B. Hicks Democrat
Washington Jonathan K. Horton Whig
George McKie Whig
Allen R. Moore Whig
Wayne Elisha Benjamin Democrat
William D. Wylie Democrat
Westchester Edwin Crosby* Democrat
Horatio Lockwood* Democrat
Prince W. Paddock Democrat
Yates Meredith Mallory Democrat

Employees[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ see Journal of the Senate (58th Session) (1835; pg. 4)
  2. ^ see Journal of the Assembly (58th Session) (1835, pg. 83ff, 162ff and 918f)
  3. ^ see A Compilation of Cases of Contested Elections to Seats in the Assembly of the State of New York (1871; pg. 110ff)
  4. ^ see Assembly Journal, pg. 101

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