New York gubernatorial election, 1906

The 1906 New York state election was held on November 6, 1906, 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 state convention met on June 2 at the Workingmen's Educational Building at 247, East Eighty-fourth Street in New York City. Morris Hillquit was chosen Permanent Chairman. They nominated John C. Chase for Governor; Gustave A. Strebel for Lieutenant Governor; Henry L. Slobodin, of New York City, for Attorney General; William W. Arland, of Corning, for Secretary of State; John E. O'Rourke, of Rochester, for Comptroller; William W. Passage, of Brooklyn, for Treasurer; and R. R. Hunt, of Schenectady, for State Engineer.[1]

The Prohibition state convention met on September 5 at Binghamton, New York. They nominated Capt. Henry M. Randall, of Port Jefferson, for Governor; Freeman H. Bettys, of Rochester, for Lieutenant Governor; Charles Richards, of Oswego, for Secretary of State; Levi Hoag, of Binghamton, for Comptroller; Robert L. Stokes, of Brooklyn, for Treasurer; Walter Farrington for Attorney General; and Victor C. Mott, of Buffalo, for State Engineer.[2]

The Independence League state convention met on September 11 and 12 at Carnegie Hall in New York City.[3] They nominated William Randolph Hearst for Governor; Lewis S. Chanler for Lieutenant Governor; John S. Whalen for Secretary of State; John Ford for Attorney General; Dr. C. H. W. Auel for Comptroller; Frank L. Getman for State Engineer; and did not nominate anybody for Treasurer. After the nomination of Hearst, Chanler and Whalen by the Democratic state convention, the other nominees retired, and on September 29, the Independence League's Executive Committee substituted the Democratic nominees Jackson, Glynn, and Skene on the ticket, and added Hauser for Treasurer.[4]

The Republican state convention met on September 25 and 26 at Saratoga, New York. Boss Benjamin B. Odell, Jr. favored Ex-Governor Frank S. Black, Governor Frank W. Higgins favored his Lt. Gov. Bruce, but after the intervention of President Theodore Roosevelt, the convention nominated Charles E. Hughes for Governor. Merton E. Lewis was nominated for Comptroller, and all the other incumbent state officers were re-nominated, all by acclamation.[5]

The Democratic state convention met on September 25, 26 and 27 at Buffalo, New York. Lewis Nixon was Temporary and Permanent Chairman.[6] William Randolph Hearst was nominated for Governor on the first ballot (vote: Hearst 309, William Sulzer 124, John Alden Dix 17). All other candidates were nominated by acclamation, among them the Independence League nominees Chanler and Whalen.[7]


The Democratic/Independence League fusion ticket was elected with exception of Hearst who was rejected by a large part of the Democratic voters, especially in New York City. Although Republican Hughes was elected Governor, this election ended a Republican era in state politics which had lasted a dozen years.

The incumbents Bruce, O'Brien, Mayer, Wallenmeier and Van Alstyne were defeated.

The Republican, Democratic, Socialist and Prohibition parties maintained automatic ballot status (necessary 10,000 votes), the Independence League attained it, and the Socialist Labor Party dit not re-attain it.

1906 state election results
Office Republican ticket Democratic/Independence League ticket Socialist ticket Prohibition ticket Socialist Labor ticket
Governor Charles E. Hughes 749,002 William Randolph Hearst 691,105 John C. Chase[8] 21,751 Henry M. Randall 15,985 Thomas H. Jackson 4,624
Lieutenant Governor M. Linn Bruce 713,068 Lewis S. Chanler 718,642 Gustave A. Strebel[9] Freeman H. Bettys Frank E. Passanno
Secretary of State John F. O'Brien 711,153 John Sibley Whalen 717,920 Matthew Lechner[10] Charles W. Richards William W. Arnold
Comptroller Merton E. Lewis 709,398 Martin H. Glynn 719,725 John E. O'Rourke Levi Hoag John B. Kinney
Attorney General Julius M. Mayer 708,778 William Schuyler Jackson 720,338 Henry L. Slobodin Walter Farrington[11]
Treasurer John G. Wallenmeier, Jr. 709,154 Julius Hauser 719,822 William W. Passage Robert L. Stokes Charles F. Gebner
State Engineer Henry A. Van Alstyne 709,018 Frederick Skene 719,623 Victor C. Mott


  • "Blank, defective and scattering" votes: 2,110 (Governor)
  • Numbers for Hearst, Chanler, Whalen, Glynn, Jackson, Hauser and Skene are total votes on Democratic and Independence League tickets.



  • How some voters marked the ballots: in NYT on November 17, 1906
  • Result: in NYT on December 19, 1906
  • Campaign cost statements: in NYT on November 30, 1906

See also

New York gubernatorial elections

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