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1908 New York state election

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1908 New York gubernatorial election

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Governor Charles Evans Hughes.jpg
New York at the Jamestown Exposition, Norfolk, Virginia, April 26 to December 1, 1907 (1909) (14596140317).jpg
Nominee Charles Evans Hughes Lewis S. Chanler
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 804,651 735,189
Percentage 47.08% 44.84%

1908 New York gubernatorial election results map by county.svg
County results

Hughes:      40–50%      50-60%      60-70%

Chanler:      40-50%      50-60%

Governor before election

Charles Evans Hughes

Elected Governor

Charles Evans Hughes

The 1908 New York state election was held on November 3, 1908, 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 Prohibition state convention met on September 2 at Syracuse, New York. Rev. Dr. George E. Stockwell, of Fort Plain, was nominated for governor on the first ballot (vote: Stockwell 232, Hudson 219). The defeated contender, Marshall A. Hudson, of Syracuse, was nominated for lieutenant governor. The convention also nominated Edgar T. Welch, of Westfield, for secretary of state; Harrison L. Hoyt, of Auburn, for comptroller; William T. Richardson, of Wellsville, for treasurer; W. F. L. Manierre, of New York City, for attorney general; and Albert W. Pierson, of Niagara Falls, for state engineer.[1] Welch declined to run, and the Prohibition State Executive Committee met on September 23 at Syracuse and substituted James C. Crawford, of Mount Vernon, on the ticket. They also nominated Coleridge A. Hart for the Court of Appeals.[2]

The Republican state convention met on September 14 and 15 at Convention Hall in Saratoga Springs, New York. U.S. Secretary of State Elihu Root was Temporary and Permanent Chairman. Governor Charles E. Hughes was re-nominated on the first ballot (the other candidates were Speaker James W. Wadsworth, Jr. and John Knox Stewart). White, Gaus, O'Malley, Williams and Haight were nominated unopposed. Samuel S. Koenig defeated William O. Barnes, of Rensselaer County, for secretary of state; and Thomas B. Dunn defeated H. Homer Moore, of Queens, for treasurer.[3]

The Democratic state convention met on September 15 and 16 at Rochester, New York. Denis O'Brien was Temporary Chairman until the choice of Alton B. Parker as Permanent Chairman. The incumbent Lt. Gov. Lewis S. Chanler was nominated for governor. The incumbents Whalen, Glynn, Hauser and Republican judge Haight were re-nominated. John Alden Dix was nominated for lieutenant governor, and George M. Palmer for attorney general; all these nominations were made by acclamation. The only contest happened at the nomination for state engineer. Philip P. Farley was nominated on the first ballot (vote: Farley 321, Leonard C. L. Smith 97).[4]

The Independence League state convention met on September 24 at Cooper Union in New York City. James A. Allen was Temporary and Permanent Chairman. State Chairman William Randolph Hearst assailed in a speech Democrats, Republicans, and the big corporations. They nominated by acclamation Clarence J. Shearn for governor; Dr. Daniel W. Finnimore, of Potsdam, for lieutenant governor; Frank H. Stevens, a labor union man of Nassau County, for secretary of state; Willard H. Glen, a lawyer of Syracuse, for comptroller; William I. Sirovich for treasurer; Assistant Attorney General William A. De Ford for attorney general; M. J. Cafiero, of Brooklyn, for state engineer; Reuben Robie Lyon for the Court of Appeals.[5]


The Republican ticket was elected.

The incumbents Hughes and Haight were re-elected. The incumbents Whalen, Glynn and Hauser were defeated.

The Republican, Democratic, Independence League, Socialist and Prohibition parties maintained automatic ballot status (necessary 10,000 votes), the Socialist Labor Party did not re-attain it.

1908 state election results
Office Republican ticket Democratic ticket Independence League ticket Socialist ticket Prohibition ticket Socialist Labor ticket
Governor Charles E. Hughes 804,651 Lewis S. Chanler 735,189 Clarence J. Shearn[6] 43,212 Joshua Wanhope 33,994 George E. Stockwell 18,802 Leander A. Armstrong[7] 3,655
Lieutenant Governor Horace White 827,416 John Alden Dix 707,701 Daniel W. Finnimore 39,055 Gustave A. Strebel[8] 36,841 Marshall A. Hudson 23,239 Frank E. Passanno[9] 3,817
Secretary of State Samuel S. Koenig 829,737 John S. Whalen 707,259 Frank H. Stevens 37,891 Charles W. Noonan 36,415 James C. Crawford 23,100 Matthew Lechner[10] 3,787
Comptroller Charles H. Gaus 817,015 Martin H. Glynn 729,166 Willard H. Glen 37,573 Joel Moses[11] 37,204 Harrison L. Hoyt 22,971 Joseph A. Orme 3,817
Attorney General Edward R. O'Malley 839,944 George M. Palmer[12] 695,876 William A. DeFord[13] 37,948 Henry L. Slobodin[14] 37,542 W. F. L. Manierre 23,194 John Hall[15] 3,862
Treasurer Thomas B. Dunn 832,449 Julius Hauser 703,944 William I. Sirovich 37,739 B. J. Riley 37,356 William T. Richardson 23,120 Julius Hammer 3,648
State Engineer Frank M. Williams 838,158 Philip P. Farley[16] 698,077 Mario J. Cafiero 37,557 F. Wilton James 37,432 Albert W. Pierson[17] 23,339 George Luck 8,869
Judge of the Court of Appeals Albert Haight 1,309,193 Albert Haight 222,550 Reuben Robie Lyon[18] 41,232 S. John Block[19] 37,874 Coleridge A. Hart[20] 23,608 Edmund Seidel 3,970


  1. ^ STATE PROHIBITION TICKET in NYT on September 3, 1908
  2. ^ Prohibitionists Fill Vacancies in NYT on September 24, 1908
  3. ^ CONVENTION LIVELY AT FINAL SESSION in NYT on September 16, 1908
  4. ^ CHANLER AND DIX FOR DEMOCRATS in NYT on September 17, 1908
  5. ^ HEARST READS MORE LETTERS in NYT on September 25, 1908 (with sketches of the nominees)
  6. ^ Clarence J. Shearn, of New York City, Hearst's personal attorney, former reporter for The New York Times, ran with mayoral candidate Hearst on the Municipal Ownership ticket in 1905 for D.A.
  7. ^ Leander A. Armstrong, of Buffalo, ran also for lieutenant governor in 1898 and 1900
  8. ^ Gustave A. Strebel, tailor, of Syracuse, ran also for lieutenant governor in 1906, 1910 and 1912; and for governor in 1914
  9. ^ Frank E. Passanno, of Troy, ran also for attorney general in 1904; for lieutenant governor in 1906; and for governor in 1914
  10. ^ Matthew Lechner, ran also in 1906
  11. ^ Joel Moses, ran also for treasurer in 1902
  12. ^ George M. Palmer, of Schoharie County, Minority Leader of the New York State Assembly 1902-08
  13. ^ William A. DeFord, Assistant Attorney General, of Albany, ran also in 1916
  14. ^ Henry L. Slobodin, of New York City, ran also for attorney general in 1906, 1910 and 1912; and for chief judge in 1913
  15. ^ John Hall, ran also for governor in 1912; attorney general in 1914; and Secretary of State in 1916
  16. ^ Philip P. Farley (b. ca. 1870), of Brooklyn, nephew of Archbishop John Murphy Farley, Assistant Engineer of Atlantic City 1896-99, Superintendent of Standard Oil plant in Bayonne
  17. ^ Albert W. Pierson, of Niagara Falls, ran also for state engineer in 1898 and 1910; and for treasurer in 1922
  18. ^ Reuben Robie Lyon, lawyer, of Bath, ran also in 1907 and 1910
  19. ^ S. John Block, ran also for attorney general in 1916 and 1917
  20. ^ Coleridge Allen Hart (b. July 11, 1852, Peekskill), lawyer, of Brooklyn, ran also for attorney general in 1889, and for the Court of Appeals in 1907, 1914, 1916, 1917 and 1920; and for U.S. Senator in 1922


See also

New York gubernatorial elections

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