1896 New York state election

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The 1896 New York state election was held on November 3, 1896, to elect the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor and a judge of the New York Court of Appeals, as well as all members of the New York State Assembly. Besides, a constitutional amendment on forestry was proposed, and rejected with 321,486 votes for and 710,505 against it.


The Democratic state convention met on September 17 at Buffalo, New York, and endorsed the Free Silver platform of the Democratic national convention. Mayor of Albany John Boyd Thacher, a Gold Democrat, was nominated for Governor on the first ballot (vote: Thacher 332, William Sulzer (Free Silver) 88, Wilbur F. Porter 20).[1] Wilbur F. Porter (Free Silver) for Lieutenant Governor, and Robert C. Titus for the Court of Appeals, were nominated by acclamation.[2] Thacher declined to run, and the Democratic State Committee met on September 28 at the Hotel Bartholdi in New York City, Elliott Danforth presided. They moved Porter one step up, and substituted Frederick C. Schraub (Free Silver) on the ticket for Lieutenant Governor.[3]


The whole Republican ticket was elected.

The incumbent Vann was re-elected.

At this time, automatic "ballot status" required 10,000 votes, which was reached by all parties.

1896 state election results
Ticket / Office Governor Lieutenant Governor Judge of the Court of Appeals
Republican Frank S. Black 787,516 Timothy L. Woodruff 793,845 Irving G. Vann 799,122
Democratic Wilbur F. Porter[4] 574,524 Frederick C. Schraub[5] 565,063 Robert C. Titus 555,942
National Democratic Daniel G. Griffin[6] 26,698 Frederick W. Hinrichs[7] 25,593 Spencer Clinton[8]
Socialist Labor Howard Balkam 18,362 Frederick Bennets[9] 18,673 Theodore F. Cuno[10]
Prohibition William W. Smith[11] 17,449 Charles E. Latimer 17,136 Elias Root[12]
People's Wilbur F. Porter Fred C. Schraub[13] 4,172[14] Lawrence J. McParlin[15]

Obs.: For candidates nominated on more than one ticket, the numbers are the total votes on all tickets.


  1. ^ THACHER ON FIRST BALLOT in NYT on September 18, 1896
  2. ^ FOR THACHER AND SILVER; Gold Candidate Placed on a Popocratic Platform in NYT on September 18, 1896
  3. ^ W.F. PORTER IS MOVED UP in NYT on September 29, 1896
  4. ^ Wilbur F. Porter (b. ca. 1841), lawyer, five times Mayor of Watertown
  5. ^ Frederick C. Schraub (b. ca. 1856), lawyer, of Lowville, D.A. of Lewis County 1880, State Dairy Commissioner under Gov. Hill, State Commissioner of Agriculture 1893-96
  6. ^ Daniel G. Griifin (b. 1848), lawyer, of Watertown
  7. ^ Frederick William Hinrichs (Sept. 12, 1851 Brooklyn - Nov 25, 1935), lawyer, Register of Arrears of Brooklyn 1894-95
  8. ^ Spencer Clinton (b. 1839 Buffalo), grandson of DeWitt Clinton, lawyer
  9. ^ Frederick Bennets, of Yonkers, ran also for Secretary of State in 1891, and for Attorney General in 1893
  10. ^ Theodore F. Cuno, ran also for Chief Judge in 1897
  11. ^ William W. Smith, of Poughkeepsie, ran also for Treasurer in 1887, for Comptroller in 1891, and for Secretary of State in 1895
  12. ^ Elias Root, ran also for Attorney General in 1895
  13. ^ The name was thus printed on the ballot.
  14. ^ These votes were not allowed to be counted, considering that there were over 500,000 votes with the name "Frederick C. Schraub". The "Fred" votes were returned as "defective" and, as it did not make any difference to the result, nobody objected.
  15. ^ Lawrence Jermain McParlin (b. Nov. 14, 1848 Lockport), lawyer, ran also in 1881, 1886, 1888 and 1893; and for Chief Judge in 1882 and 1892


See also[edit]

New York gubernatorial elections