New York gubernatorial election, 1888

The 1888 New York state election was held on November 6, 1888, 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.


The Prohibition state convention met on June 26 at the Alhambra Rink in Syracuse, New York. Frank E. Baldwin, of Chemung County, was Temporary Chairman until the choice of W. Martin Jones as President.[1] The convention re-assembled on June 27. W. Martin Jones was nominated after the second ballot (first ballot: W. Jennings Demorest 398, Benson J. Lossing 389, Jones 249, Guy C. Humphreys 26; second ballot: Lossing 466, Jones 417, Demorest 178). George Powell for Lieutenant Governor; and Charles W. Stevens, of Steuben County, for the Court of Appeals, were nominated by acclamation.[2]

The Republican state convention met on August 28 at the Skating Rink in Saratoga, New York. Benjamin F. Tracy was Temporary Chairman until the choice of Gen. George S. Batcheller[3] as President. Warner Miller was nominated for Governor by acclamation. Stephen V. R. Cruger was nominated for Lieutenant Governor on the first ballot (vote: Cruger 409, John B. Weber 180, Cornelius R. Parsons 72, Norman M. Allen 32). William Rumsey was nominated for the Court of Appeals by acclamation.[4]

The Democratic state convention met on September 12 at Buffalo, New York. George Raines was Temporary Chairman until the choice of D. Cady Herrick as President. The incumbents, Governor David B. Hill, Lieutenant Governor Edward F. Jones and Judge John Clinton Gray,[5] were re-nominated by acclamation.[6]

The United Labor state convention met on September 20. The convention endorsed, with a vote of 124 to 103, the Republican candidate for Governor, Warner Miller, because his party was "committed to ballot reform."[7] Then the convention voted 131 to 67 to nominate a separate ticket, and John H. Blakeney[8] was nominated for Lieutenant Governor and Lawrence J. McParlin for the Court of Appeals.[9]

The Socialist Labor state convention met on October 21 at the Labor Lyceum in New York City. J. Edward Hall was nominated for Governor, Christian Pattberg, of Brooklyn for Lieutenant Governor, and Dr. Frank Gereau, of New York City for Judge of the Court of Appeals.[10]


The whole Democratic ticket was elected.

The incumbents Hill, Jones and Gray were re-elected.

1888 state election results
Office Democratic ticket Republican ticket Prohibition ticket Socialist Labor ticket United Labor ticket
Governor David B. Hill 650,464 Warner Miller 631,283 W. Martin Jones[11] 30,215 J. Edward Hall 3,348 Warner Miller
Lieutenant Governor Edward F. Jones Stephen V. R. Cruger[12] George Powell[13] Christian Pattberg John H. Blakeney
Judge of the Court of Appeals John Clinton Gray William Rumsey[14] Charles W. Stevens Francis Gerau[15] Lawrence J. McParlin[16]



  • The tickets: in NYT on November 4, 1888 [contains a few erroneous spellings]
  • , recalling previous result in 1888; in NYT on October 27, 1891
  • Result in New York City: in NYT on November 21, 1888

See also

New York gubernatorial elections

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