New York gubernatorial election, 1896

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.



  • A ballot from Orange County at Hudson River Valley Heritage
  • The tickets: in NYT on November 2, 1896
  • The candidates: in NYT on November 1, 1896
  • Result in New York City: in NYT on November 22, 1896
  • Result: in NYT on December 16, 1896

See also

New York gubernatorial elections

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