New York gubernatorial election, 1848

The 1848 New York state election took place on November 7, 1848 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.


The Hunker state convention met on September 5 at Syracuse, New York. Walworth and O'Conor were nominated on the first ballot. The vote for Governor was 98 for Walworth, 23 for Zadock Pratt, and 3 for Greene C. Bronson. The vote for Lieutenant Governor was 83 for O'Conor, 16 for Clinton, 6 for Nathan Dayton, 5 for Baldwin and 3 scattering.[1]

The Whig state convention met on September 13 at Utica, New York. Fish was nominated for Governor on the first ballot with 76 votes for him, 28 votes for Joshua A. Spencer, and only 20 votes for the incumbent John Young.[2]

The Barnburner Free Soil state convention was held on September 13 and 14 at the Court House in Utica, New York. Dix and Gates were nominated by acclamation. The Liberty state convention also met on the same day in the same city, and after passing resolutions, the delegates walked to the Court House and sat with the Free Soil convention as honorary members.


Due to the split of the Democratic Party, the whole Whig state ticket was elected.

106 Whigs, 15 Free Soilers and 7 Hunkers were elected to the New York State Assembly of the 72nd New York State Legislature.

1848 state election results
Office Whig ticket Dem.-Barnburner/Free Soil ticket Dem.-Hunker ticket Liberty ticket
Governor Hamilton Fish 218,776 John Adams Dix 122,889 Reuben H. Walworth 116,811 William Goodell 1,593
Lieutenant Governor George Washington Patterson 222,970 Seth Merrill Gates 113,667 Charles O'Conor 116,907 Robert Anderson 1,520
Canal Commissioner Charles Cook Charles Augustus Wheaton Charles Sherman McLean
Inspector of State Prisons Alexander H. Wells William P. Angel



  • Result for Gov. and Lt. Gov. in (1852; page 367)

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