1804 New York gubernatorial election

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New York gubernatorial election, 1804

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Nominee Morgan Lewis Aaron Burr
Party Democratic-Republican Democratic-Republican
Running mate John Broome Oliver Phelps
Popular vote 30,829 22,139
Percentage 58.2% 41.8%

Governor before election

George Clinton

Elected Governor

Morgan Lewis

The 1804 New York gubernatorial election was held in April 1804 to elect the Governor and Lieutenant Governor of New York. Former New York Attorney General Morgan Lewis was elected governor over Aaron Burr, the incumbent Vice President of the United States. Although a Democratic-Republican, Burr was backed by members of the Federalist Party who wanted to see New York join the New England states in an independent confederation (see Essex Junto). This scheme was opposed by High Federalist Alexander Hamilton, the party's national leader. Lewis won the election handily and Burr subsequently killed Hamilton in a duel.


1804 General election results
Governor candidate Running Mate Party Popular Vote
Morgan Lewis John Broome Democratic-Republican (Clintonian) 30,829 58.20%
Aaron Burr Oliver Phelps Democratic-Republican (Tammany Hall)
22,139 41.80%

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