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1896 New York state election

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1896 New York gubernatorial election
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Nominee Frank S. Black Wilbur F. Porter
Party Republican Democratic
Alliance Populist
Popular vote 787,516 574,524
Percentage 55.28% 40.33%

Governor before election

Levi P. Morton

Elected Governor

Frank S. Black

The 1896 New York state election was held on November 3, 1896, to elect the governor, the lieutenant governor and a judge of the New York Court of Appeals, as well as all members of the New York State Assembly. Besides, a constitutional amendment on forestry was proposed, and rejected with 321,486 votes for and 710,505 against it.


The Democratic state convention met on September 17 at Buffalo, New York, and endorsed the Free Silver platform of the Democratic national convention. Mayor of Albany John Boyd Thacher, a Gold Democrat, was nominated for governor on the first ballot (vote: Thacher 332, William Sulzer (Free Silver) 88, Wilbur F. Porter 20).[1] Wilbur F. Porter (Free Silver) for lieutenant governor, and Robert C. Titus for the Court of Appeals, were nominated by acclamation.[2] Thacher declined to run, and the Democratic State Committee met on September 28 at the Hotel Bartholdi in New York City, Elliott Danforth presided. They moved Porter one step up, and substituted Frederick C. Schraub (Free Silver) on the ticket for lieutenant governor.[3]


The whole Republican ticket was elected.

The incumbent Vann was re-elected.

At this time, automatic "ballot status" required 10,000 votes, which was reached by all parties.

1896 state election results
Office Republican ticket Democratic ticket National Democratic ticket Socialist Labor ticket Prohibition ticket People's ticket
Governor Frank S. Black 787,516 Wilbur F. Porter[4] 574,524 Daniel G. Griffin[5] 26,698 Howard Balkam 18,362 William W. Smith[6] 17,449 Wilbur F. Porter
Lieutenant Governor Timothy L. Woodruff 793,845 Frederick C. Schraub[7] 565,063 Frederick W. Hinrichs[8] 25,593 Frederick Bennets[9] 18,673 Charles E. Latimer 17,136 Fred C. Schraub[10] 4,172[11]
Judge of the Court of Appeals Irving G. Vann 799,122 Robert C. Titus 555,942 Spencer Clinton[12] 23,585 Theodore F. Cuno[13] 18,710 Elias Root[14] 17,205 Lawrence J. McParlin[15] 8,344

Obs.: For candidates nominated on more than one ticket, the numbers are the total votes on all tickets.


  1. ^ THACHER ON FIRST BALLOT in NYT on September 18, 1896
  2. ^ FOR THACHER AND SILVER; Gold Candidate Placed on a Popocratic Platform in NYT on September 18, 1896
  3. ^ W.F. PORTER IS MOVED UP in NYT on September 29, 1896
  4. ^ Wilbur F. Porter (b. ca. 1841), lawyer, five times Mayor of Watertown
  5. ^ Daniel G. Griifin (b. 1848), lawyer, of Watertown
  6. ^ William W. Smith, of Poughkeepsie, ran also for Treasurer in 1887, for Comptroller in 1891, and for Secretary of State in 1895
  7. ^ Frederick C. Schraub (b. ca. 1856), lawyer, of Lowville, D.A. of Lewis County 1880, State Dairy Commissioner under Gov. Hill, State Commissioner of Agriculture 1893-96
  8. ^ Frederick William Hinrichs (Sept. 12, 1851 Brooklyn - Nov 25, 1935), lawyer, Register of Arrears of Brooklyn 1894-95
  9. ^ Frederick Bennets, of Yonkers, ran also for Secretary of State in 1891, and for Attorney General in 1893
  10. ^ The name was thus printed on the ballot.
  11. ^ These votes were not allowed to be counted, considering that there were over 500,000 votes with the name "Frederick C. Schraub". The "Fred" votes were returned as "defective" and, as it did not make any difference to the result, nobody objected.
  12. ^ Spencer Clinton (b. 1839 Buffalo), grandson of DeWitt Clinton, lawyer
  13. ^ Theodore F. Cuno, ran also for Chief Judge in 1897
  14. ^ Elias Root, ran also for Attorney General in 1895
  15. ^ Lawrence Jermain McParlin (b. Nov. 14, 1848 Lockport), lawyer, ran also in 1881, 1886, 1888 and 1893; and for Chief Judge in 1882 and 1892


See also

New York gubernatorial elections

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