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1917 New York state election

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The 1917 New York state election was held on November 6, 1917, to elect the Attorney General and two judges of the New York Court of Appeals, as well as all members of the New York State Assembly.


In 1917, there were only three officers to be elected statewide:

  • the Attorney General, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Egburt E. Woodbury. On April 25, 1917, First Deputy Attorney General Merton E. Lewis was elected by the New York State Legislature to fill the unexpired term until the end of the year.
  • a judge of the Court of Appeals, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Samuel Seabury who had run for Governor of New York in 1916. Democrat Benjamin N. Cardozo was appointed to fill the vacancy temporarily.
  • a judge of the Court of Appeals, to fill the vacancy caused by the election of Frank H. Hiscock as Chief Judge. Republican Chester B. McLaughlin had been appointed to fill the vacancy temporarily.

The primaries were held on September 19. All nominees were unopposed.


The whole Republican ticket was elected.

The incumbents Lewis, Cardozo and McLaughlin were elected to succeed themselves.

1917 state election results
Office Republican ticket Democratic ticket Socialist ticket Prohibition ticket
Attorney General Merton E. Lewis 696,969 Devoe P. Hodson 541,335 S. John Block[1] 169,364 William H. Burr 26,066
Judge of the Court of Appeals Chester B. McLaughlin 1,067,104 Chester B. McLaughlin Louis B. Boudin 165,556 Walter T. Bliss[2] 32,367
Judge of the Court of Appeals Benjamin N. Cardozo 967,425 Benjamin N. Cardozo Hezekiah D. Wilcox[3] 172,361 Coleridge A. Hart[4] 29,782


  1. ^ S. John Block, ran also for the Court of Appeals in 1908, and for Attorney General in 1916
  2. ^ Walter T. Bliss, ran also for Attorney General in 1914
  3. ^ Hezekiah D. Wilcox, ran also in 1916
  4. ^ 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, 1908, 1914 and 1916


Court of Appeals totals from New York Red Book 1918

See also

New York state elections

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