New York state election, 1880
|Elections in New York|
In 1880, there was only one officer to be elected statewide: the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Sanford E. Church in May 1880. Charles J. Folger had been appointed temporarily to fill the vacancy until the end of the year.
The Greenback state convention met on August 17 and 18 at Syracuse, New York. Thomas C. Armstrong was nominated for Chief Judge on the fifth ballot (fifth ballot: Armstrong 44, William Thornton 31, Wilson S. Wolfe had withdrawn already).
The Republican State Committee met on August 24 at New York City. Chester A. Arthur presided. The committee voted against the call of a state convention (vote: For 5, Against 26), and nominated unanimously the incumbent Chief Judge Charles J. Folger to succeed himself.
The Democratic state convention was held on September 28 at Saratoga, New York. Rufus W. Peckham, Jr., was Temporary Chairman. Charles A. Rapallo was nominated for Chief Judge on the first ballot (vote: Rapallo 185, William C. Ruger "less than 60", George B. Bradley - the Democratic candidate in 1878 - "fewer still"). 
The incumbent Chief Judge Folger was elected to succeed himself.
|Office||Republican ticket||Democratic ticket||Greenback ticket|
|Chief Judge||Charles J. Folger||562,821||Charles A. Rapallo||517,661||Thomas C. Armstrong||13,183|
- THE NEW-YORK GREENBACKERS in NYT on August 19, 1880
- CHAS. J. FOLGER FOR JUDGE; UNANIMOUSLY NOMINATED BY THE STATE COMMITTEE in NYT on August 25, 1880
- THE "REUNITED" FACTIONS; A DEMOCRATIC EXHIBITION AT SARATOGA in NYT on September 29, 1880
- Thomas C. Armstrong, of Jefferson County
- Result: RESULTS OF THE STATE CANVASS in NYT on December 3, 1880