New York state election, 1924

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The 1924 New York state election was held on November 4th, 1924, to elect the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, the Secretary of State, the State Comptroller, the Attorney General, the State Treasurer and the State Engineer, as well as all members of the New York State Assembly and the New York State Senate.


The Socialist state convention met on July 27 at Finnish Hall (at Fifth Avenue/Twelfth Street) in New York City. They nominated Rev. Norman Thomas for Governor and Charles Solomon for lieutenant governor.[1]

The Republican state convention met on September 25 in Rochester, New York. Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., was nominated for governor on the first ballot.[2]

The Democratic state convention met on September 25 in Syracuse, New York, and re-nominated all incumbent state officers.


Almost the whole Republican ticket was elected, only the incumbent Democratic Governor Smith managed to stay in office.

The incumbent Smith was re-elected. The incumbents Lunn, Hamilton, Fleming, Sherman, Shuler and LaDu were defeated.

The Democratic, Republican and Socialist parties maintained automatic ballot access (necessary 25,000 votes for governor), the Socialist Labor Party did not re-attain it, and the Workers Party did not attain it.

Florence E. S. Knapp was the first woman elected to a statewide office in New York. She remained the only one for fifty years, until Mary Anne Krupsak was elected lieutenant governor in 1974.

1924 state election results
Office Democratic ticket Republican ticket Socialist ticket Workers ticket Socialist Labor ticket
Governor Alfred E. Smith 1,627,111 Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. 1,518,552 Norman Thomas 99,854 James P. Cannon 6,395 Frank E. Passanno[3] 4,931
Lieutenant Governor George R. Lunn 1,430,321 Seymour Lowman 1,526,849 Charles Solomon 126,679 Franklin P. Brill 8,925 Milton Weinberger 8,377
Secretary of State James A. Hamilton 1,397,804 Florence E. S. Knapp 1,530.763 Frank R. Crosswaith 136,278 Lilly Lore 9,983 Frank Gorney, Jr. 7,930
Comptroller James W. Fleming 1,362,092 Vincent B. Murphy 1,524,670 Theresa B. Wiley[4] 142,312 Abraham Epstein 16,866
Attorney General Carl Sherman 1,362,585 Albert Ottinger 1,541,166 Louis Waldman 140,424 Arthur S. Leeds 9,502 Joseph Brandon 8,111
Treasurer George K. Shuler 1,325,695 Lewis H. Pounds 1,568,965 John H. VandenBosch 134,039 Edward Lindgren 9,826 John E. DeLee[5] 8,747
State Engineer Dwight B. LaDu 1,296,954 Roy G. Finch 1,568,965 Vladimir Karapetoff 138,182 Richard J. Verhagen 9,567 Simeon Bickwheat[6] 7,934

This was the last election of a Secretary of State, a Treasurer and a State Engineer. The Secretary of State has been appointive since January 1927, the other two offices were abolished. The duties of the Treasurer were transferred to the Comptroller, those of the State Engineer to the Superintendent of Public Works which has been always an appointive office.


  1. ^ "Socialists Name Thomas as Head of State Ticket". The New York Times. July 28, 1924. (subscription required)
  2. ^ "Roosevelt Wins Easily". The New York Times. September 26, 1924. (subscription required)
  3. ^ Frank E. Passanno, of Troy, ran also for attorney general in 1904; for lieutenant governor in 1906 and 1908; and for governor in 1910
  4. ^ Theresa B. Wiley, of Schenectady, ran also for lieutenant governor in 1922
  5. ^ John E. DeLee, ran also for comptroller in 1920; and for lieutenant governor in 1922
  6. ^ Simeon Bickwheat, ran also in 1922

New York State Red Book 1925

See also[edit]

New York gubernatorial elections