89th New York State Legislature
|89th New York State Legislature|
The Old State Capitol (1879)
|Duration: January 1 – December 31, 1866|
|President of the State Senate:||Lt. Gov. Thomas G. Alvord (R)|
|Temporary President of the State Senate:||Charles J. Folger (R), from February 6|
|Speaker of the State Assembly:||Lyman Tremain (R)|
|Senate Majority:||Republican (27-5)|
|Assembly Majority:||Republican (90-38)|
|1st: January 2 – April 20, 1866
2nd (Senate only): June 12 – 15, 1866
3rd (Senate only): August 28 – 31, 1866
The 89th New York State Legislature, consisting of the New York State Senate and the New York State Assembly, met from January 2 to April 20, 1866, during the second year of Reuben E. Fenton's governorship, in Albany.
Under the provisions of the New York Constitution of 1846, 32 Senators and 128 assemblymen were elected in single-seat districts; senators for a two-year term, assemblymen for a one-year term. The senatorial districts were made up of entire counties, except New York County (four districts) and Kings County (two districts). The Assembly districts were made up of entire towns, or city wards, forming a contiguous area, all within the same county.
The New York state election, 1865 was held on November 7. All ten statewide elective offices up for election were carried by the Republicans. The approximate party strength at this election, as expressed by the vote for Secretary of State, was: Republicans 301,000 and Democrats 273,000.
The Legislature met for the regular session at the Old State Capitol in Albany on January 2, 1866; and adjourned on April 20.
On January 29, DeWitt C. Littlejohn (R) was elected Speaker pro tempore of the Assembly.
On February 6, Charles J. Folger (R) was re-elected President pro tempore of the State Senate.
On April 16, the Legislature re-apportioned the Assembly seats per county. Allegany, Chenango, Herkimer, Jefferson, Livingston, Steuben and Suffolk counties lost one seat each; Erie County gained one seat, Kings County gained two seats; and New York County gained four seats.
On April 25, the Legislature re-apportioned the Senate districts.
The State Senate met for a special session on June 12; adjourned on June 15; met again on August 28; and adjourned again on August 31. This session was called to hold the trial of George W. Smith, Judge of the Oneida County Court. The trial continued during the next session, and Smith was removed from office on January 25, 1867.
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. Charles Stanford changed from the Assembly to the Senate.
|1st||Nicholas B. La Bau||Republican|
|2nd||Henry R. Pierson||Republican|
|3rd||Henry C. Murphy*||Democrat||re-elected|
|4th||Benjamin Wood||Democrat||took his seat on January 9|
|5th||Charles G. Cornell||Democrat||until November 17, 1866, also New York City Street Commissioner|
|8th||Edmund G. Sutherland||Democrat|
|9th||Henry R. Low*||Republican||re-elected|
|11th||Edward G. Wilbor||Republican|
|13th||Lorenzo D. Collins||Republican|
|15th||Adam W. Kline||Republican|
|16th||Moss K. Platt||Republican|
|20th||George H. Andrews*||Republican||re-elected|
|21st||John J. Wolcott||Republican|
|22nd||Andrew D. White*||Republican||re-elected|
|25th||Stephen K. Williams*||Republican||re-elected|
|26th||Charles J. Folger*||Republican||re-elected|
|27th||Stephen T. Hayt*||Republican||re-elected;
on November 6, 1866, elected a Canal Commissioner
|30th||Wolcott J. Humphrey||Republican|
|31st||David S. Bennett||Republican|
|32nd||Walter L. Sessions||Republican|
- Clerk: James Terwilliger
- Sergeant-at-Arms: Arthur Hotchkiss
- Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms: Sanders Wilson
- Doorkeeper: Herman B. Young
- First Assistant Doorkeeper: Frank M. Jones
- Second Assistant Doorkeeper: Nathaniel Saxton
- Third Assistant Doorkeeper: August Wagner
The asterisk (*) denotes members of the previous Legislature who continued as members of this Legislature.
Party affiliations follow the vote for Speaker and Police Commissioner.
- Clerk: Joseph B. Cushman
- Sergeant-at-Arms: Frederick T. Hempstead
- Doorkeeper: S. P. Remington
- First Assistant Doorkeeper: Alexander Frier
- Second Assistant Doorkeeper: Oscar K. Dean
- Laws of the State of New York (89th session) (1866; pg. 1301f, Chap. 607 "AN ACT for the apportionment of the Members of Assembly of this State")
- Laws of the State of New York (89th session) (1866; pg. 1762ff, Chap. 805 "AN ACT to organize the Senate Districts of the State")
- see A Compilation of Cases of Contested Elections to Seats in the Assembly of the State of New York (1871; pg. 380–395)
- see A Compilation of Cases of Contested Elections to Seats in the Assembly of the State of New York (1871; pg. 395ff)
- see A Compilation of Cases of Contested Elections to Seats in the Assembly of the State of New York (1871; pg. 369–380)
- The New York Civil List compiled by Franklin Benjamin Hough, Stephen C. Hutchins and Edgar Albert Werner (1870; see pg. 439 for Senate districts; pg. 444 for senators; pg. 450–463 for Assembly districts; and pg. 504f for assemblymen)
- Journal of the Senate (89th Session) (1866)
- Journal of the Assembly (89th Session) (1866; Vol. I)
- Journal of the Assembly (89th Session) (1866; Vol. II)
- Journal of Proceedings of the Senate in the Matter of George W. Smith, Judge of Oneida County, in Relation to Charges Submitted to the Senate by the Governor (1867)