72nd New York State Legislature
|72nd New York State Legislature|
The Old State Capitol (1879)
|Duration: January 1 – December 31, 1849|
|President of the State Senate:||Lt. Gov. George W. Patterson (W)|
|Temporary President of the State Senate:||Samuel J. Wilkin (W), from April 11|
|Speaker of the State Assembly:||Amos K. Hadley (W)|
|Senate Majority:||Whig (24-6-2)|
|Assembly Majority:||Whig (106-15-7)|
|1st: January 2 – April 11, 1849|
The 72nd New York State Legislature, consisting of the New York State Senate and the New York State Assembly, met from January 2 to April 11, 1849, during the first year of Hamilton Fish's governorship, in Albany.
Under the provisions of the New York Constitution of 1846, 32 Senators were elected in single-seat senatorial districts for a two-year term, the whole Senate being renewed biennially. The senatorial districts (except those in New York City) were made up of entire counties. 128 Assemblymen were elected in single-seat districts to a one-year term, the whole Assembly being renewed annually. The Assembly districts were made up of entire towns, or city wards, forming a contiguous area, all in the same county. The City and County of New York was divided into four senatorial districts, and 16 Assembly districts.
State Senator Allen Ayrault resigned on June 2, 1848, leaving a vacancy in the 29th District.
At this time there were two major political parties: the Democratic Party and the Whig Party. The Democratic Party was split into two factions: the "Barnburners" and the "Hunkers." The Barnburners walked out of the 1848 Democratic state convention and formed with a small faction of anti-slavery Whigs and a part of the Liberty Party the Free Soil Party. The uncompromising radical abolitionists ran their own tickets as the Liberty Party.
The New York state election, 1848 was held on November 7.
106 Whigs, 15 Free Soilers and 7 Hunkers were elected to the State Assembly. One Whig was elected to fill the vacancy in the State Senate.
The Legislature met for the regular session at the Old State Capitol in Albany on January 2, 1849; and adjourned on April 11.
On January 31, State Comptroller Millard Fillmore sent a letter to the Legislature, resigning the office, to take effect on February 20.
On February 17, the Legislature elected Washington Hunt (W) to succeed Millard Fillmore as State Comptroller on February 20.
On April 11, Samuel J. Wilkin was elected President pro tempore of the State Senate.
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.
The asterisk (*) denotes members of the previous Legislature who continued in office as members of this Legislature.
|1st||John G. Floyd*||Democrat/Barnburner|
|2nd||David A. Bokee*||Whig||on November 7, 1848, elected to the 31st U.S. Congress|
|4th||John L. Lawrence*||Whig|
|6th||William Samuel Johnson*||Whig|
|8th||Alexander J. Coffin*||Whig|
|9th||Samuel J. Wilkin*||Whig||on April 11, 1849, elected President pro tempore|
|12th||Albert R. Fox*||Whig|
|13th||James M. Cook*||Whig|
|14th||James S. Whallon*||Democrat/Barnburner|
|17th||John M. Betts*||Democrat/Barnburner|
|18th||David H. Little*||Whig|
|19th||Thomas E. Clark*||Whig|
|20th||Thomas H. Bond*||Whig|
|21st||John W. Tamblin*||Democrat/Hunker|
|23rd||Samuel H. P. Hall*||Whig|
|24th||William J. Cornwell*||Whig|
|25th||Timothy S. Williams*||Whig||died on March 11, 1849|
|26th||William M. Hawley*||Democrat/Barnburner|
|28th||A. Hyde Cole*||Whig|
|29th||Charles Colt||Whig||elected to fill vacancy, in place of Allen Ayrault|
|30th||John W. Brownson*||Whig|
|31st||John T. Bush*||Whig|
|32nd||Frederick S. Martin*||Whig|
- Clerk: Andrew H. Calhoun
The asterisk (*) denotes members of the previous Legislature who continued as members of this Legislature.
Party affiliations follow the vote on Speaker, U.S. Senator and USNY Regent.
- Clerk: Philander B. Prindle
- Sergeant-at-Arms: Samuel S. Blanchard
- Doorkeeper: Robert Grant
- Assistant Doorkeeper: Thomas E. Osborn
- Second Assistant Doorkeeper: Samuel Merclean
- Bokee's term in Congress began on March 4, 1849, but he remained in his seat in the State Senate until the end of the session on April 11. The 31st Congress actually met only on December 3, and Bokee then took his seat in Congress, vacating his seat in the State Senate.
- see Journal of the Assembly (72nd Session) (1849; pg. 6f and 355ff);
see also incomplete election result given in the Geneva Courier (issue of November 22, 1848
- Hiram Barber (born 1820), of Westerlo, later moved to Richview, Illinois; see Hiram Barber at It's All Relative
- Gabriel Poillon Disosway (1798-1868); see Find a Grave entry
- Dr. Nathaniel Miller (1783–1863), physician, of Brookhaven
- The New York Civil List compiled by Franklin Benjamin Hough (Weed, Parsons and Co., 1858) [pg. 109 for Senate districts; pg. 136 for senators; pg. 148–157 for Assembly districts; pg. 234ff for assemblymen]
- Journal of the Senate (72nd Session) (1849)