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1902 New York state election

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1902 New York gubernatorial election

← 1900 November 4, 1902 1904 →
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Nominee Benjamin B. Odell Jr. Bird Sim Coler
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 665,150 656,347
Percentage 48.09% 47.45%

1902 New York gubernatorial election results map by county.svg
County results

Odell:      40-50%      50-60%      60-70%      70-80%

Coler:      50-60%      60-70%

Governor before election

Benjamin B. Odell Jr.

Elected Governor

Benjamin B. Odell Jr.

The 1902 New York state election was held on November 4, 1902, to elect the governor, the lieutenant governor, the Secretary of State, the state comptroller, the attorney general, the state treasurer, the state engineer and a judge of the New York Court of Appeals, as well as all members of the New York State Assembly and the New York State Senate.


The "Liberal Democratic" state convention met at Cooper Union in Manhattan. This party was composed of Bryan Democrats, Chicago Platform Democrats and former Populists which were fiercely opposed to Democratic boss David B. Hill. Judge Samuel Seabury was Permanent Chairman. They nominated Edgar L. Ryder for Governor; J. C. Corbin, of St. Lawrence County, for Lieutenant Governor; John B. Howarth, of Buffalo, for Secretary of State; De Myre S. Fero for Comptroller; Daniel B. Casley, of Westchester County, for Treasurer; Dennis Spellissey, of New York City, for Attorney General; John E. Dugan, of Albany County, for State Engineer; and Robert Stewart, of Brooklyn, for the Court of Appeals.[1]

The Social Democratic state convention met on July 4 at 64, East Fourth Street in Manhattan. They nominated Benjamin Hanford for Governor; William Thurston Brown, of Rochester, for Lieutenant Governor; Leonard D. Abbott for Secretary of State; Gen. Lawrence Mayes, of New York City, for Attorney General; Warren Atkinson, of Brooklyn, for Comptroller; Joel Moses, of Rochester, for Treasurer; Everitt Holmes, of Peekskill, for State Engineer; and John F. Clarke, of New York City, for the Court of Appeals.[2]

The Socialist Labor state convention met on August 30 at Utica, New York.

The Prohibition state convention met on September 5 at Saratoga Springs, New York. Alfred L. Manierre, of New York City, was Temporary Chairman until the choice of Alphonso A. Hopkins as Permanent Chairman. They nominated Manierre for Governor; Alfred A. Hartman, of Albion, for Lieutenant Governor; Alden W. Young, of Oswego, for Secretary of State; Samuel Mitchell, of Hornellsville, for Treasurer; James McNeil, of Hudson, for Comptroller; Emmett F. Smith for State Engineer; Erwin J. Baldwin, of Elmira, for the Court of Appeals; and endorsed Democrat John Cunneen for Attorney General.[3]

The Republican state convention met on September 23 and 24 at Saratoga Springs. Timothy E. Ellsworth was Permanent Chairman. Governor Benjamin B. Odell, Jr., was re-nominated after a roll call in which all votes were cast for him. All other state officers were nominated by acclamation.[4]

The Democratic state convention met on September 30 and October 1 at Saratoga Springs. Martin W. Littleton was Permanent Chairman.[5]


Six Republicans and two Democrats were elected in a tight race.

The incumbents Odell, Miller, Bond and Gray were re-elected.

28 Republicans and 22 Democrats were elected to a two-year term (1903–04) in the New York State Senate.

89 Republicans and 61 Democrats were elected for the session of 1903 to the New York State Assembly.

The Republican, Democratic, Social Democratic, Prohibition and Socialist Labor parties maintained automatic ballot status (necessary 10,000 votes for Governor).

1902 state election results
Office Republican ticket Democratic ticket Social Democratic ticket Prohibition ticket Socialist Labor ticket Liberal Democratic ticket
Governor Benjamin B. Odell Jr. 665,150 Bird S. Coler 656,347 Benjamin Hanford 23,400 Alfred L. Manierre[6] 20,490 Daniel De Leon 15,886 Edgar L. Ryder[7] 1,894
Lieutenant Governor Frank W. Higgins 663,689 Charles N. Bulger 653,555 William Thurston Brown 23,652 John A. Hartman 21,358 Norman S. Burnham 16,233 J. C. Corbin 1,901
Secretary of State John F. O'Brien 663,590 Frank H. Mott 650,731 Leonard D. Abbott[8] 23,766 Alden W. Young[9] 21,584 Boris Reinstein 16,394 John B. Howarth 1,969
Comptroller Nathan L. Miller 664,412 Charles M. Preston 651,373 Warren Atkinson 24,759 James McNeil 21,310 Peter Jacobson 16,355 Daniel B. Casley 1,937
Attorney General Henry B. Coman 662,463 John Cunneen 650,700 Lawrence Mayes 23,832 John Cunneen 21,292 John E. Wallace 16,473 Dennis Spellissey 1,916
Treasurer John G. Wickser 663,490 George R. Finch 651,949 Joel Moses[10] 23,841 Samuel Mitchell 21,442 Charles A. Ruby 16,432 De Myre S. Fero[11] 1,899
State Engineer Edward A. Bond 663,674 Richard W. Sherman 651,677 Everitt Holmes 23,832 Emmett F. Smith[12] 21,929 John M. Grady 16,473 Flinn 1,926
Judge of the Court of Appeals William E. Werner 650,505 John Clinton Gray 665,326 John F. Clarke 23,617 Erwin J. Baldwin[13] 21,191 Anton Metzler[14] 16,363 Robert Stewart 1,842

Obs.: "Blank and scattering" votes: 8,901 (Judge), 8,737 (Attorney), 6,632 (Governor)


  2. ^ SOCIAL DEMOCRATS' TICKET in NYT on July 5, 1902
  3. ^ STATE PROHIBITION TICKET in NYT on September 6, 1902
  5. ^ COLER AND BULGER DEMOCRATS' CHOICE in NYT on October 2, 1902
  6. ^ Alfred Lee Manierre (May 4, 1861 New York City - Oct. 1, 1911 NYC), Columbia College graduate, lawyer, ran also in 1910 for the Court of Appeals, Obit in NYT on October 2, 1911
  7. ^ Edgar Lee Ryder (d. 1936), of Ossining, journalist, assemblyman
  8. ^ Leonard D. Abbott, of New York City, ran also for Treasurer in 1900
  9. ^ Alden W. Young, locomotive engineer, of Oswego, ran also for Lieutenant Governor in 1904
  10. ^ Joel Moses, ran also for Comptroller in 1908
  11. ^ De Myre S. Fero, of Orange County, ran also in 1893 (lived then in Glens Falls)
  12. ^ Emmett F. Smith, of Patchogue, ran also in 1900
  13. ^ Erwin J. Baldwin, ran also for the Court of Appeals in 1912; and for Chief Judge in 1916
  14. ^ Anton Metzler, of Rochester, ran also for Secretary of State in 1904


See also

Further reading

  • McCormick, Richard L. From Realignment to Reform: Political Change in New York State 1893-1910 (Cornell University Press, 1981).
  • Wesser, Robert F. "Theodore Roosevelt: Reform and Reorganization of the Republican Party in New York, 1901-1906." New York History 46.3 (1965): 230-252 online.

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