New York gubernatorial election, 1891

The 1891 New York state election was held on November 3, 1891, to elect the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, the Secretary of State, the State Comptroller, the Attorney General, the State Treasurer and the State Engineer, as well as all members of the New York State Assembly and the New York State Senate.


The Socialist Labor state convention met on May 18 in Albany, New York, and nominated Daniel De Leon for Governor; Frank Gesser, of Utica, for Lietenant Governor; Frederick Bennets for Secretary of State; James Withers, of Brooklyn, for Treasurer; Henry Vitalius, of Troy, for Comptroller; H. G. Wilshire, of New York City, for Attorney General; and Charles Wilson, of New York City, for State Engineer.[1]

The Prohibition state convention met on September 2 and 3 at Albany, New York. Henry Clay Bascom was Temporary Chairman.[2] They nominated Joseph W. Bruce for Governor; George W. Hallock for Lieutenant Governor; William E. Booth, of Geneseo, for Secretary of State; Francis Crawford, of Mount Vernon, for Treasurer; William W. Smith for Comptroller; Henry P. Forbes, of St. Lawrence County, for State Engineer; and Calvin S. Grosser, of Buffalo, for Attorney General.[3]

The Republican state convention met on September 9 at Rochester, New York. W. W. Goodrich was Temporary Chairman until the choice of James M. Varnum as Permanent Chairman. Jacob S. Fassett was nominated for Governor on the first ballot (vote: Fassett 514, James W. Wadsworth 85, Stewart L. Woodford 83, Philip Becker 52, Joseph B. Carr 33, Andrew D. White 1). John W. Vrooman for Lieutenant Governor; Eugene F. O'Connor, of Brooklyn, for Secretary of State; Arthur C. Wade, of Jamestown, for Comptroller; Ira M. Hedges for Treasurer; William A. Sutherland, of Rochester for Attorney General; and Verplanck Colvin for State Engineer, were nominated by acclamation.[4]

The Democratic state convention met on September 15 and 16 at Saratoga, New York. George Raines was Temporary and Permanent Chairman. Roswell P. Flower was nominated for Governor on the first ballot (vote: Flower 334, Alfred C. Chapin 43). William F. Sheehan for Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State Frank Rice, Frank Campbell for Comptroller, Treasurer Elliott Danforth, Simon W. Rosendale for Attorney General and Martin Schenck for State Engineer, were nominated by acclamation.[5]


The whole Democratic ticket was elected.

The incumbents Rice and Danforth were re-elected.

Attorney General Simon W. Rosendale was the first Jew elected to a state office in New York.

1891 state election results
Office Democratic ticket Republican ticket Prohibition ticket Socialist Labor ticket
Governor Roswell P. Flower 582,893 Jacob S. Fassett 534,956 Joseph W. Bruce[6] 30,353 Daniel De Leon 14,651
Lieutenant Governor William F. Sheehan John W. Vrooman George W. Hallock[7] Frank Gesser 14,644
Secretary of State Frank Rice Eugene F. O'Connor William E. Booth Frederick Bennets[8] 14,384
Comptroller Frank Campbell Arthur C. Wade William W. Smith[9] Henry Vitalius 14,706
Attorney General Simon W. Rosendale William A. Sutherland Calvin S. Grosser Henry G. Wilshire 14,536
Treasurer Elliott Danforth Ira M. Hedges[10] Francis Crawford James Withers[11] 14,834
State Engineer Martin Schenck Verplanck Colvin Henry P. Forbes Charles F. Wilson[12] 14,755



  • Result in New York City: in NYT on November 21, 1891
  • Result for Socilaist Labor candidates:
  • The Republican candidates: in NYT on September 10, 1891

See also

New York gubernatorial elections

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