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1891 New York state election

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The 1891 New York state election was held on November 3, 1891, 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 Labor state convention met on May 18 in Albany, New York, and nominated Daniel De Leon for governor; Frank Gesser, of Utica, for lieutenant governor; Frederick Bennets for secretary of state; James Withers, of Brooklyn, for treasurer; Henry Vitalius, of Troy, for comptroller; H. G. Wilshire, of New York City, for attorney general; and Charles Wilson, of New York City, for state engineer.[1]

The Prohibition state convention met on September 2 and 3 at Albany, New York. Henry Clay Bascom was temporary chairman.[2] They nominated Joseph W. Bruce for governor; George W. Hallock for lieutenant governor; William E. Booth, of Geneseo, for secretary of state; Francis Crawford, of Mount Vernon, for treasurer; William W. Smith for comptroller; Henry P. Forbes, of St. Lawrence County, for state engineer; and Calvin S. Grosser, of Buffalo, for attorney general.[3]

The Republican state convention met on September 9 at Rochester, New York. W. W. Goodrich was temporary chairman until the choice of James M. Varnum as permanent chairman. Jacob S. Fassett was nominated for governor on the first ballot (vote: Fassett 514, James W. Wadsworth 85, Stewart L. Woodford 83, Philip Becker 52, Joseph B. Carr 33, Andrew D. White 1). John W. Vrooman for lieutenant governor; Eugene F. O'Connor, of Brooklyn, for secretary of state; Arthur C. Wade, of Jamestown, for comptroller; Ira M. Hedges for treasurer; William A. Sutherland, of Rochester for attorney general; and Verplanck Colvin for state engineer, were nominated by acclamation.[4]

The Democratic state convention met on September 15 and 16 at Saratoga, New York. George Raines was temporary and permanent chairman. Roswell P. Flower was nominated for governor on the first ballot (vote: Flower 334, Alfred C. Chapin 43). William F. Sheehan for lieutenant governor, Secretary of State Frank Rice, Frank Campbell for comptroller, Treasurer Elliott Danforth, Simon W. Rosendale for attorney general and Martin Schenck for state engineer, were nominated by acclamation.[5]


The whole Democratic ticket was elected.

The incumbents Rice and Danforth were re-elected.

Attorney General Simon W. Rosendale was the first Jew elected to a state office in New York.

1891 state election results
Office Democratic ticket Republican ticket Prohibition ticket Socialist Labor ticket
Governor Roswell P. Flower 582,893 Jacob S. Fassett 534,956 Joseph W. Bruce[6] 30,353 Daniel De Leon 14,651
Lieutenant Governor William F. Sheehan 575,012 John W. Vrooman 540,593 George W. Hallock[7] 31,064 Frank Gesser 14,641[8]
Secretary of State Frank Rice 576,970 Eugene F. O'Connor 538,797 William E. Booth 31,578 Frederick Bennetts[9] 14,684[10]
Comptroller Frank Campbell 581,110 Arthur C. Wade 535,804 William W. Smith[11] 31,520 Henry Vitalius 14,706
Attorney General Simon W. Rosendale 580,185 William A. Sutherland 535,205 Calvin S. Crosser 31,465 Henry G. Wilshire 14,536
Treasurer Elliott Danforth 579,630 Ira M. Hedges[12] 536,348 Francis Crawford 31,490 James Withers[13] 14,824
State Engineer Martin Schenck 580,337 Verplanck Colvin 538,421 Henry P. Forbes 31,492 Charles F. Wilson[14] 14,755


  1. ^ "The Socialist Convention" in The New York Times on May 19, 1891
  2. ^ The Prohibition Convention in The New York Times on September 2, 1891
  3. ^ The Prohibitionists Nominate in The New York Times on September 4, 1891
  4. ^ Work of the Convention.; How Pltat's Orders Were Carried Out by his Henchmen in The New York Times on September 10, 1891
  5. ^ The Convention at Work.; How the Democratic Standard Bearers Were Nominated in The New York Times on September 17, 1891
  6. ^ Joseph W. Bruce (b. 1820 Lenox), retired farmer, co-owner of the Bruce Opera House in Canastota, ran also for Treasurer in 1889
  7. ^ George W. Hallock (d. 1895), of Orient, Death notice in The New York Times on February 11, 1895
  8. ^ This number includes 1,930 votes for "Frederick Gesser", from 12 counties where none for "Frank Gesser" were cast.
  9. ^ Frederick Bennetts, of Yonkers, ran also for Attorney General in 1893, and for Lieutenant Governor in 1896
  10. ^ This number includes 1,831 votes for "Frederick Bennett", from 18 counties where none for "Frederick Bennetts" were cast.
  11. ^ William W. Smith, of Poughkeepsie, ran also for Treasurer in 1887, for Secretary of State in 1895, and for Governor in 1896
  12. ^ Ira M. Hedges, of Rockland County, ran also in 1889
  13. ^ James Withers, ran also for Comptroller in 1893
  14. ^ Charles F. Wilson, ran also in 1893


See also

New York gubernatorial elections

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