1949 New York state election

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The 1949 New York state election was held on November 8, 1949, to elect a judge of the New York Court of Appeals and a U.S. Senator.


On November 18, 1948, Thomas D. Thacher resigned from the New York Court of Appeals. On January 14, 1949, Bruce Bromley was appointed by Governor Thomas E. Dewey to fill the vacancy temporarily.[1]

On June 28, 1949, Robert F. Wagner resigned from the U.S. Senate, due to ill health. On July 7, John Foster Dulles was appointed by Governor Dewey to fill the vacancy temporarily.[2]


The Republican State Committee nominated the incumbents Dulles and Bromley to succeed themselves.

The Democratic State Committee nominated Ex-Governor Herbert H. Lehman (in office 1933-1942) for the U.S. Senate and Supreme Court Justice Charles W. Froessel for the Court of Appeals.

The Liberal Party endorsed the Democratic nominees Lehman and Froessel.

The American Labor Party made no nominations and urged its members not to vote for any candidate.


The Democratic/Liberal ticket was elected.

The incumbents Dulles and Bromley were defeated.

1949 state election result
Ticket / Office U.S. Senator Judge of the Court of Appeals
Democratic Herbert H. Lehman 2,149,347 Charles W. Froessel
Republican John Foster Dulles 2,377,641 Bruce Bromley
Liberal Herbert H. Lehman 426,351 Charles W. Froessel


  1. ^ BROMLEY SELECTED FOR APPEALS BENCH in NYT on January 15, 1949 (subscription required)
  2. ^ Dulles Appointed Senator in NYT on July 8, 1949 (subscription required)


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