1867 New York state election

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The 1867 New York state election was held on November 5, 1867, to elect the Secretary of State, the State Comptroller, the Attorney General, the State Treasurer, the State Engineer, a Judge of the New York Court of Appeals, a Canal Commissioners and an Inspector of State Prisons, as well as all members of the New York State Assembly and the New York State Senate.


The Democratic state convention met on October 3 and 4 at Tweddle Hall in Albany, New York. Mayor of New York John T. Hoffman was Temporary Chairman until the choice of Ex-Governor Horatio Seymour as President.[1]

The Republican state convention met on September 25 at Syracuse, New York. James Gibson was Temporary Chairman until the choice of Roscoe Conkling as Permanent Chairman. James B. McKean was nominated for Secretary of State on the first ballot (vote: McKean 270, Francis C. Barlow [incumbent] 101, Gen. Hudson Lawrence 6). Calvin T. Hulburd was nominated for Comptroller on the first ballot (vote: Hulburd 238, Thomas Hillhouse [incumbent] 136). Theodore B. Gates was nominated for State Treasurer on the first ballot (vote: Gates 207, Alonzo B. Cornell 133, Frederick Juliand 27, Erastus S. Prosser 2). Archibald C. Powell was nominated for State Engineer by acclamation. John M. Hammond was nominated for Canal Commissioner on the first ballot (vote: Hammond 195, Benjamin Carpenter 139, Claudius V. B. Baerst 25, D. B. Palmer 6). Gilbert De La Matyr was nominated for Prison Inspector on the first ballot (vote: De La Matyr 199, David P. Forrest [incumbent] 107, H. Chisler 43, Henry L. Robinson 15, Mortimer Wait 6). Charles Mason was nominated for Judge of the Court of Appeals on the first ballot (vote: Mason 209, Thomas A. Johnson 113).[2] Hulburd declined to run, and Thomas Hillhouse was then substituted on the ticket by the State Committee.[3]


The whole Democratic ticket was elected.

The incumbent Hillhouse was defeated.

17 Republicans and 15 Democrats were elected to a two-year term (1868–69) in the New York State Senate.

1867 state election results
Office Democratic ticket Republican ticket
Secretary of State Homer A. Nelson 373,029 James B. McKean 325,099
Comptroller William F. Allen 372,517 Thomas Hillhouse 325,658
Attorney General Marshall B. Champlain 372,648 Joshua M. Van Cott 325,328
Treasurer Wheeler H. Bristol 372,769 Theodore B. Gates 325,201
State Engineer Van Rensselaer Richmond 364,702 Archibald C. Powell 324,775
Judge of the Court of Appeals Martin Grover 364,849 Charles Mason 324,477
Canal Commissioner John D. Fay 372,786 John M. Hammond 322,509
Inspector of State Prisons Solomon Scheu 372,828 Gilbert De La Matyr 325,018


  1. ^ DEMOCRATIC STATE CONVENTION in NYT on October 4, 1867
  2. ^ THE REPUBLICAN STATE CONVENTION in NYT on September 26, 1867
  3. ^ Comptroller Hillhouse - His Letter of Acceptance in NYT on October 24, 1867


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