1860 New York state election

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The 1860 New York state election was held on November 6, 1860, to elect the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, a Canal Commissioner, and an Inspector of State Prisons, as well as all members of the New York State Assembly. Besides, the question of Negro suffrage was asked, and was answered in the negative with 197,503 votes for and 337,984 against it.


William Kelly was the candidate of the majority faction of the Democratic Party which supported Stephen A. Douglas for President.[1]

The "Breckinridge and Lane Democratic" state convention met on August 8 at Syracuse, New York, Henry S. Randall presided. James T. Brady (a Tammany man from New York City who had run for Attorney General on the Hard ticket in 1853) was nominated for Governor on the first ballot (vote:Brady 99, O'Connor 8, Greene C. Bronson 3, Brown 2, Lawrence 1, Kemble 1, Gideon J. Tucker 1). Henry K. Viele was nominated on the first ballot (vote: Viele 57, Edward Tompkins 56). The incumbent John M. Jaycox was re-nominated for Canal Commissioner by acclamation. Robert W. Allen was nominated for Prison Inspector on the first ballot. After the nominations, Daniel S. Dickinson made a speech.[2] Brady accepted the nomination in a letter dated on August 14.[3]


The whole Republican ticket was elected, an average of about 50,000 votes ahead of the combined Democratic vote. The incumbents Morgan and Campbell were re-elected. The incumbents Jaycox and Rhodes were defeated.

93 Republicans and 35 Democrats were elected for the session of 1861 to the New York State Assembly.

New York black suffrage referendum
Question of Negro Suffrage
Votes %
Yes 197,889 36.40%
No 345,791 63.60%
Valid votes 543,680 100.00%
Invalid or blank votes 0 0.00%
Total votes 543,680 100.00%
1860 state election results
Office Republican ticket Douglas Democratic ticket Breckinridge Democratic ticket Radical Abolitionist ticket
Governor Edwin D. Morgan 358,272 William Kelly 294,812 James T. Brady[4] 19,841 William Goodell
Lieutenant Governor Robert Campbell 361,914 William C. Crain 293,572 Henry K. Viele 18,425 Sidney A. Beers
Canal Commissioner Samuel H. Barnes 361,958 William W. Wright 293,853 John M. Jaycox 18,547 Zenas Brockett
Inspector of State Prisons James K. Bates 359,457 William C. Rhodes 294,066 Robert W. Allen 18,550 Ellis Clizbe

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  1. ^ Hon. William Kelly Accepts the Nomination for Governor. in NYT on September 11, 1860
  2. ^ POLITICAL MOVEMENTS - The Breckinridge and Lane Democratic State Convention in NYT on August 9, 1860
  3. ^ THE BRECKINRIDGE DEMOCRACY - James T. Brady's Acceptance of the Nomination for Governor in NYT on August 30, 1860
  4. ^ James Topham Brady (1815-1869), lawyer, of New York City, also ran for Attorney General in 1853, obit in NYT on February 10, 1869