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1932 New York City special mayoral election

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1932 New York City mayoral election

← 1929 November 8, 1932 1933 →
John P. O'Brien 1920.png
Lewis H. Pounds.jpg
Nominee John P. O'Brien Lewis H. Pounds
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 1,056,115 443,901
Percentage 52.3% 22.0%

Mayor Joseph V McKee.jpg
Nominee Morris Hillquit Joseph V. McKee
Party Socialist Independent
Popular vote 249,887 234,372
Percentage 12.4% 11.6%

Mayor before election

Joseph V. McKee

Elected Mayor

John P. O'Brien

The 1932 New York City special mayoral election was held on November 8. It was triggered by the resignation of incumbent Democratic Mayor Jimmy Walker on September 1, after his administration had become embroiled in scandal. Democratic nominee John P. O'Brien easily defeated Republican Lewis H. Pounds and Socialist Morris Hillquit. Acting Mayor Joseph V. McKee also featured as a write-in candidate. Minor candidates included Communist William L. Patterson and Socialist Labor candidate Olive Johnson.


Mayor Jimmy Walker, who was supported by Tammany Hall, resigned on September 1, 1932, following investigations into corruption by the Hofstadter Committee under the leadership of Samuel Seabury. John P. O'Brien, another candidate backed by Tammany Hall, won in the special election. O'Brien won with a majority of the vote, but underperformed Franklin D. Roosevelt's result in the presidential election by 399,061 votes and Herbert H. Lehman's results in the gubernatorial election by 475,050 votes. O'Brien also received a smaller percentage of the vote than Walker had in the 1929 election while Morris Hillquit had received a record high result for the Socialist Party of America in New York City's mayoral elections.[1]

Joseph V. McKee, who had previously served as acting mayor, received 249,372 write-in votes despite not seeking the office due to a movement by Roy W. Howard and the New York World-Telegram.[1]


1932 special mayoral election[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic John P. O'Brien 1,056,115 52.29% Decrease8.41
Republican Lewis H. Pounds 443,901 21.98% Decrease3.75
Socialist Morris Hillquit 249,887 12.37% Decrease0.06
Independent Joseph V. McKee (inc.) (write-in) 234,372 11.60% N/A
Communist William L. Patterson 24,014 1.19% Increase0.78
Socialist Labor Olive M. Johnson 11,379 0.56% Increase0.09
Total votes 2,019,668 100.00%


  1. ^ a b Mann, Arthur (1965). La Guardia Comes To Power 1933. J. B. Lippincott & Co.
  2. ^ "Our Campaigns - New York City Mayor Special Race - Nov 08, 1932".

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