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1936 New York state election

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The 1936 New York state election was held on November 3, 1936, to elect the governor, the lieutenant governor, the state comptroller, the attorney general, a judge[1] of the New York Court of Appeals and two U.S. Representatives-at-large, as well as all members of the New York State Assembly and the New York State Senate.


The Communist state convention met on June 14, and nominated Robert Minor for Governor; Julian S. Sawyer, of Buffalo, for Lieutenant Governor; and Irving Schwab, of New York City, for the Court of Appeals.[2]

The Socialist state convention met on June 27 at the Hotel Delano in New York City, and nominated Dr. Harry W. Laidler for Governor; the Rev. Herman J. Hahn for Lieutenant Governor; Edward Marks of Freeport for Attorney General; and Coleman B. Cheney for Comptroller.[3]

The Democratic state convention met on September 29 at Syracuse, New York, and re-nominated the incumbents Lehman, Bray, Tremaine and Bennett; and completed the ticket with Harlan W. Rippey for the Court of Appeals.[4]

The Republican state convention met on September 29 at Albany, New York, and nominated New York Supreme Court Justice William F. Bleakley, of Yonkers, for Governor on the first ballot (vote: Bleakley 680, George R. Fearon 348). Also nominated were Col. Ralph K. Robertson for Lieutenant Governor; John A. May for Comptroller; Nathan D. Perlman for Attorney General; and James P. Hill for the Court of Appeals.[5]

The American Labor Party filed on October 6 a petition to nominate only two candidates: Franklin D. Roosevelt for U.S. President and Herbert H. Lehman for Governor.[6]


The whole Democratic ticket was elected.

The incumbents Lehman, Bray, Tremaine, Bennett, Merritt and O'Day were re-elected.

1936 state election results
Office Democratic ticket Republican ticket American Labor ticket Socialist ticket Communist ticket
Governor Herbert H. Lehman 2,708,403 William F. Bleakley 2,450,104 Herbert H. Lehman 262,192 Harry W. Laidler 86,897 Robert Minor 35,609
Lieutenant Governor M. William Bray 3,028,091 Ralph K. Robertson[7] 2,136,506 (none) Herman J. Hahn[8] 100,151 Julian S. Sawyer 66,132
Comptroller Morris S. Tremaine 3,088,246 John A. May[9] 2,055,411 (none) Coleman B. Cheney[10] 99,184 Grace Hutchins 67,666
Attorney General John J. Bennett, Jr. 3,075,060 Nathan D. Perlman 2,093,162 (none) Edward Marks 98,909 Fred Briehl 67,063
Judge of the Court of Appeals Harlan W. Rippey 2,995,071 James P. Hill[11] 2,098,630 (none) Darwin J. Meserole[12] 103,284 Irving Schwab 70,150
U.S. Representative-at-large Matthew J. Merritt 3,013,931 Anthony J. Contiguglia[13] 2,078,865 (none) Frank R. Crosswaith 101,184 Roy Hudson 69,336
U.S. Representative-at-large Caroline O'Day 2,992,057 Natalie F. Couch[14] 2,078,803 (none) Edna Mitchell Blue 102,133 Simon W. Gerson 68,868

Obs.: The vote for Governor is used to define ballot access.


  1. ^ to succeed Leonard C. Crouch who would reach the constitutional age limit at the end of the year
  2. ^ COMMUNISTS PICK SLATE in NYT on June 15, 1936 (subscription required)
  3. ^ STATE SOCIALISTS CHOOSE LAIDLER in NYT on June 28, 1936 (subscription required)
  4. ^ Harmony Marks Democratic Convention as Entire Ticket Is Swiftly Approved; LEHMAN RENAMED BY ACCLAMATION in NYT on September 30, 1936 (subscription required)
  5. ^ BLEAKLEY WINS ON FIRST in NYT on September 30, 1936 (subscription required)
  6. ^ LABOR PARTY FILES PETITION AT ALBANY in NYT on October 7, 1936 (subscription required)
  7. ^ Major General Ralph K. Robertson (1883-1964), of Buffalo, lawyer, American Expeditionary Force in World War I, U.S. Army general in World War II, Maj. Gen. Ralph K. Robertson, Lawyer and Soldier, Dies at 81 Obit in NYT on October 6, 1964 (subscription required)
  8. ^ Rev. Herman J. Hahn, of Buffalo, ran also for Lieutenant Governor in 1928; and for the U.S. Senate in 1938
  9. ^ John A. May, of Gloversville, JOHN A. MAY Obit in NYT on June 1, 1958
  10. ^ Coleman B. Cheney, ran also for Governor in 1942
  11. ^ James P. Hill (1878-1950), of Norwich, later Presiding Justice of New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division (3rd Dept.), JAMES P. HILL, 72, A RETIRED JURIST Obit in NYT on June 10, 1950 (subscription required)
  12. ^ Darwin J. Meserole (1868-1952), ran also for Attorney General in 1920; for Chief Judge in 1926; and for associate judge of the Court of Appeals in 1930, 1933 and 1934; DARWIN J. MESEROLE Obit in NYT on May 22, 1952 (subscription required)
  13. ^ Anthony John Contiguglia, of Auburn
  14. ^ Natalie F. (Couch) Williams (1890-1956), of Nyack, lawyer, ran also in 1934 while being personal secretary to Supreme Court Justice Arthur S. Tompkins, Journal Clerk of the New York State Assembly, married 1940 Ex-State Senator Lawrence G. Williams, of Buffalo, MRS. WILLIAMS, 66, LEADER IN G.O.P. Obit in NYT on October 20, 1956 (subscription required)


Vote Totals-New York Red Book 1937

See also

New York gubernatorial elections

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