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98th New York State Legislature

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98th New York State Legislature
97th 99th
Old State Capitol at Albany NY.jpg
The Old State Capitol (1879)
Legislative bodyNew York State Legislature
JurisdictionNew York, United States
TermJanuary 1 – December 31, 1875
PresidentLt. Gov. William Dorsheimer (D)
Temporary PresidentWilliam H. Robertson (R)
Party controlRepublican (18-12-2)
SpeakerJeremiah McGuire (D)
Party controlDemocratic (75-53)
1stJanuary 5 – May 22, 1875

The 98th New York State Legislature, consisting of the New York State Senate and the New York State Assembly, met from January 5 to May 22, 1875, during the first year of Samuel J. Tilden's governorship, in Albany.


Under the provisions of the New York Constitution of 1846, 32 Senators and 128 assemblymen were elected in single-seat districts; senators for a two-year term, assemblymen for a one-year term. The senatorial districts were made up of entire counties, except New York County (five districts) and Kings County (two districts). The Assembly districts were made up of entire towns, or city wards,[1] forming a contiguous area, all within the same county.

At this time there were two major political parties: the Republican Party and the Democratic Party. The Prohibition Party appeared at this time, nominating Ex-Governor Myron H. Clark — who had urged the Legislature to enact Prohibition in New York in 1853, but the law was declared unconstitutional by the New York Court of Appeals — for Governor.


The New York state election, 1874 was held on November 3. Democrats Samuel J. Tilden and William Dorsheimer were elected Governor and Lieutenant Governor, defeating the incumbent Republicans John A. Dix and John C. Robinson. The other three statewide elective offices up for election were also carried by the Democrats. The approximate party strength at this election, as expressed by the vote for Governor, was: Democratic 416,000; Republican 366,000; and Prohibition 12,000.


The Legislature met for the regular session at the Old State Capitol in Albany on January 5, 1875; and adjourned on May 22.

Jeremiah McGuire (D) was elected Speaker.

On January 20, the Legislature elected Francis Kernan (D) to succeed U.S. Senator Reuben E. Fenton (R) for a six-year term, beginning on March 4, 1875.[2]

State Senate


Note: There are now 62 counties in the State of New York. The counties which are not mentioned in this list had not yet been established, or sufficiently organized, the area being included in one or more of the abovementioned counties.


The asterisk (*) denotes members of the previous Legislature who continued in office as members of this Legislature.

District Senator Party Notes
1st John A. King* Republican
2nd John W. Coe* Lib. Rep./Dem.
3rd John C. Jacobs* Democrat
4th John Fox* Democrat
5th James W. Booth* Republican
6th Jacob A. Gross* Democrat
7th Thomas A. Ledwith* Democrat
8th Hugh H. Moore* Democrat unsuccessfully contested by Walter S. Pinckney (R)
9th William H. Robertson* Republican President pro tempore
10th Edward M. Madden* Republican
11th Benjamin Ray* Democrat
12th Roswell A. Parmenter* Democrat
13th Jesse C. Dayton* Democrat
14th Henry C. Connelly* Republican
15th Webster Wagner* Republican
16th Franklin W. Tobey* Republican
17th Wells S. Dickinson* Republican
18th Andrew C. Middleton Ind./Lib. Rep./Dem.
19th Samuel S. Lowery* Republican
20th Archibald C. McGowan* Republican
21st Charles Kellogg* Republican
22nd Daniel P. Wood* Republican
23rd James G. Thompson* Republican
24th John H. Selkreg* Republican
25th William B. Woodin* Republican
26th William Johnson* Democrat died on October 10, 1875
27th George B. Bradley* Democrat
28th Jarvis Lord* Democrat
29th Dan H. Cole* Republican
30th Abijah J. Wellman* Republican
31st Albert P. Laning Democrat elected to fill vacancy, in place of John Ganson
32nd Albert G. Dow* Republican


  • Clerk: Henry A. Glidden
  • Sergeant-at-Arms: Daniel K. Schram
  • Doorkeeper: Frederick M. Burton

State Assembly


The asterisk (*) denotes members of the previous Legislature who continued as members of this Legislature.

District Assemblymen Party Notes
Albany 1st Peter Slingerland Republican
2nd Leopold C. G. Kshinka* Democrat
3rd Francis W. Vosburgh Democrat
4th Waters W. Braman* Republican
Allegany Orrin T. Stacy* Republican
Broome George Sherwood* Republican
Cattaraugus 1st Commodore P. Vedder* Republican
2nd Samuel Scudder Lib. Rep./Dem.
Cayuga 1st Charles S. Beardsley Democrat
2nd Erastus H. Hussey* Republican
Chautauqua 1st Otis D. Hinckley Republican
2nd Obed Edson Democrat
Chemung Jeremiah McGuire Democrat elected Speaker
Chenango Daniel M. Holmes Democrat
Clinton Shepard P. Bowen Republican
Columbia 1st Henry Lawrence* Democrat
2nd Alonzo H. Farrar* Republican
Cortland Daniel E. Whitmore Republican
Delaware 1st Warren G. Willis Republican
2nd George G. Decker Republican
Dutchess 1st James Mackin* Democrat
2nd Benjamin S. Broas Democrat
Erie 1st Patrick Hanrahan* Democrat
2nd William W. Lawson Republican
3rd Edward Gallagher Republican
4th Harry B. Ransom Democrat
5th William Alfred Johnson Republican
Essex William E. Calkins Republican
Franklin John P. Badger* Republican
Fulton and Hamilton George W. Fay Republican
Genesee Newton H. Green[3] Republican
Greene Benjamin F. Barkley Democrat
Herkimer Warner Miller* Republican
Jefferson 1st John F. Peck Republican
2nd George E. Yost Republican
Kings 1st Daniel Bradley Ind. Dem.
2nd John R. Kennaday Democrat
3rd Michael J. Coffey* Democrat
4th Tunis V. P. Talmage[4] Democrat
5th John H. Burtis Republican
6th Jacob Worth* Republican
7th vacant Democrat Assemblyman-elect Stephen J. Colahan
died on December 10, 1874[5]
Michael O'Keefe Democrat elected to fill vacancy[6]
8th Bernard Silverman Democrat
9th John McGroarty* Democrat
Lewis James A. Merwin Democrat
Livingston James Faulkner Jr. Democrat
Madison 1st D. Gerry Wellington Republican
2nd George Berry Democrat
Monroe 1st Richard D. Cole Democrat
2nd George Taylor* Democrat
3rd Josiah Rich Democrat
Montgomery Martin Schenck Democrat
New York 1st Nicholas Muller Democrat
2nd William P. Kirk* Democrat
3rd John C. Brogan Democrat
4th Charles Reilly Democrat
5th Warren C. Bennett* Democrat
6th Timothy J. Campbell Democrat
7th Frederick W. Seward Republican
8th George A. Stauf Democrat
9th William H. Gedney Republican
10th Louis C. Waehner* Democrat
11th Knox McAfee* Republican
12th John Keenan Democrat
13th A. Nelson Beach Democrat
14th James Daly* Democrat
15th Thomas Costigan Democrat
16th John T. McGowan Democrat
17th Leo C. Dessar Democrat
18th Thomas Cooper Campbell[7] Democrat
19th Germain Hauschel Democrat
20th Jacob Hess Republican
21st John W. Smith Democrat
Niagara 1st Artemas W. Comstock* Republican
2nd Orville C. Bordwell* Republican
Oneida 1st Richard U. Sherman Lib. Rep./Dem.
2nd Silas T. Ives Democrat
3rd Edward Lewis Democrat
4th Harrison Lillybridge Republican
Onondaga 1st Thomas G. Alvord* Republican
2nd George Barrow*[8] Republican
3rd Charles Tremain[9] Republican
Ontario 1st Stephen H. Hammond* Democrat
2nd Cyrillo S. Lincoln* Republican
Orange 1st James W. Miller Democrat
2nd Joseph D. Friend Democrat
Orleans John N. Wetherbee Republican died on March 22, 1875[10]
Oswego 1st Alanson S. Page Democrat
2nd Willard Johnson* Democrat
3rd Henry J. Daggett Republican
Otsego 1st William H. Ely* Democrat
2nd James E. Cooke Democrat
Putnam William H. Christopher Democrat
Queens 1st L. Bradford Prince* Republican
2nd James M. Oakley* Democrat
Rensselaer 1st William V. Cleary* Democrat
2nd William F. Taylor Republican
3rd Jacob M. Witbeck* Democrat
Richmond Stephen D. Stephens Jr.* Democrat
Rockland James C. Brown Democrat
St. Lawrence 1st Seth G. Pope* Republican
2nd A. Barton Hepburn Republican
3rd Jonah Sanford*[11] Republican
Saratoga 1st George West* Republican
2nd Nathaniel M. Houghton Republican
Schenectady Samuel T. Benedict Democrat
Schoharie John M. Roscoe Democrat
Schuyler William H. Fish Democrat
Seneca William Hogan Democrat
Steuben 1st Stephen D. Shattuck* Democrat
2nd Lucius C. Pierson Democrat
Suffolk Nathan D. Petty* Republican
Sullivan Adolphus E. Wenzel Democrat
Tioga James Bishop Republican
Tompkins George W. Schuyler Lib. Rep./Dem.
Ulster 1st John Fream Democrat
2nd Jacob D. Wurts Democrat
3rd Charles H. Krack Democrat
Warren Stephen Griffin Democrat
Washington 1st Alexander B. Law* Republican
2nd Emerson E. Davis* Democrat
Wayne 1st William H. Clark[12] Republican
2nd Allen S. Russell Republican
Westchester 1st Dennis R. Shiel Democrat
2nd Charles M. Schieffelin Democrat
3rd James W. Husted* Republican
Wyoming Samuel W. Tewksbury* Republican
Yates Hanford Struble Republican


  • Clerk: Hiram Calkins
  • Sergeant-at-Arms: Edward A. Brown
  • Doorkeeper: George W. Irish
  • Stenographer: Spencer C. Rodgers


  1. ^ Except New York City where the wards were apportioned into election districts, and then some whole wards and some election districts of other wards were gerrymandered together into Assembly districts.
  2. ^ ALBANY.; ELECTION OF KERNAN TO THE SENATE in NYT on January 21, 1875
  3. ^ Newton H. Green, son of Andrew H. Green who was assemblyman in 1838 and 1839; and brother of Loren Green who was assemblyman in 1863 and 1864
  4. ^ Tunis Van Pelt Talmage, son of Mayor of Brooklyn Thomas G. Talmage
  5. ^ see OBITUARY; STEPHEN J. COLAHAN in NYT on December 11, 1874
  6. ^ A special election was held on December 31, 1874; see A SPECIAL ELECTION IN KINGS COUNTY in NYT on December 18, 1874
  7. ^ Thomas Cooper Campbell, grandson of longtime Deputy Secretary of State Archibald Campbell
  8. ^ George Barrow (born 1839 NYC), brother of Edmund P. Barrow (c.1829–1857) who was assemblyman in 1854
  9. ^ Charles Tremain, grandson of Augustus Tremain who was assemblyman in 1811, 1814–15 and 1822
  11. ^ Jonah Sanford (born 1821), son of Congressman Jonah Sanford
  12. ^ William H. Clark, son of William Clark who was state senator 1854–55


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