New York state election, 1850
|Elections in New York State|
The 1850 New York state election was held on November 5, 1850, to elect the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, a Canal Commissioner, an Inspector of State Prisons and the Clerk of the Court of Appeals, as well as all members of the New York State Assembly.
The Liberty convention met on September 12, and nominated Chaplin and Plumb.
The Whig state convention met on September 27 in Syracuse; Francis Granger presided. After the nominations of Hunt (the sitting State Comptroller), Cornell, Blakely, Baker and Smith had been made, the majority of the convention passed a resolution approving the political course of United States Senator William H. Seward, and the minority, led by Granger, withdrew from the convention and re-assembled elsewhere. This faction, the conservative Whigs which favored a compromise on the slavery question and supported President Millard Fillmore's course, became known as the "Silver Grays", after Granger's white hair.
The Silver Grays state convention met on October 17 in Utica, Granger presided again. Nevertheless, the Syracuse nominations were endorsed.
The Anti-Rent state convention met in Albany and nominated a cross-endorsed ticket with Whigs Hunt and Blakely, and Democrats Church, Angel and Benton.
Hunt won this election with one of the smallest majorities in New York history, only 262 votes. Four out of five candidates on the cross-endorsed Anti-Rent ticket were elected, showing their still present but waning influence. The incumbent Benton was re-elected.
82 Whigs, 44 Democrats and 2 Independents were elected to the State Assembly of the 74th New York State Legislature.
|Office||Whig ticket||Democratic ticket||Anti-Rent ticket||Liberty ticket|
|Governor||Washington Hunt||214,614||Horatio Seymour||214,352||Washington Hunt||William L. Chaplin||3,416|
|Lieutenant Governor||George J. Cornell||210,695||Sanford E. Church||218,009||Sanford E. Church||Joseph Plumb|
|Canal Commissioner||Ebenezer Blakely||John C. Mather||Ebenezer Blakely|
|Inspector of State Prisons||Abner Baker||William P. Angel||William P. Angel|
|Clerk of the Court of Appeals||Wessell S. Smith||Charles S. Benton||Charles S. Benton|
- The number of votes is the total of Whig and Anti-Rent votes for Hunt and Blakely, and the total of Democratic and Anti-Rent votes for Church, Angel and Benton.
- Result for Gov. and Lt. Gov. in Manual of the Corporation of the City of New York (1852; page 367)
- "Monthly Record of Current Events", Harper's Magazine, Volume 1, p. 849.
- A Political History of the State of New York by De Alva Stanwood Alexander (BiblioBazaar, LLC, 2008, ISBN 0-554-53635-8, ISBN 978-0-554-53635-4; pages 155ff)