1869 New York state election

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The 1869 New York state election was held on November 2, 1869, to elect the Secretary of State, the State Comptroller, the Attorney General, the State Treasurer, the State Engineer, two Judges 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. Besides, the amended State Constitution[1] was rejected with 223,935 votes for and 290,456 against it. Only the "Judicial Article" which re-organized the New York Court of Appeals was adopted by a small majority, with 247,240 for and 240,442 against it.


The Republican state convention met on September 24 at Syracuse, New York. George William Curtis was nominated for Secretary of State, Thomas Hillhouse was nominated for Comptroller and John C. Robinson was nominated for State Engineer. They declined to run, and Sigel, Greeley and Taylor were substituted by the State Committee.


The whole Democratic state ticket was elected.

The incumbents Nelson, Allen, Champlain, Bristol and Richmond were re-elected. The incumbents Woodruff, Mason and Hayt were defeated.

18 Democrats and 14 Republicans were elected to a two-year term (1870-1871) in the New York State Senate.

73 Democrats and 55 Republicans were elected for the session of 1870 to the New York State Assembly.

1869 state election results
Office Democratic ticket Republican ticket
Secretary of State Homer A. Nelson 330,974 Franz Sigel 310,733
Comptroller William F. Allen 330,371 Horace Greeley 307,668
Attorney General Marshall B. Champlain 336,774 Martin I. Townsend 306,133
Treasurer Wheeler H. Bristol 335,942 Thomas I. Chatfield 306,800
State Engineer Van Rensselaer Richmond 335,577 William B. Taylor 307,397
Judge of the Court of Appeals (full term) John A. Lott 328,988 Charles Mason 290,238
Judge of the Court of Appeals (short term)[2] Robert Earl 328,544 Lewis B. Woodruff 289,965
Canal Commissioner William W. Wright 336,513 Stephen T. Hayt 306,802
Inspector of State Prisons Fordyce L. Laflin 335,702 Daniel D. Conover 307,235


  1. ^ In 1866 the electorate voted for a Constitutional Convention to be held in 1867. This convention met from April to September 1867, then adjourned, and completed the work only in 1868, so that the new Constitution was voted upon only in 1869.
  2. ^ To fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of John K. Porter, a judge was elected to a two-year term.


Result in The Tribune Almanac for 1870 compiled by Horace Greeley of the New York Tribune

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