New York gubernatorial election, 1926

The 1926 New York state election was held on November 2, 1926, to elect the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, the State Comptroller, the Attorney General, a U.S. Senator, the Chief Judge[1] and an associate judge[2] of the New York Court of Appeals, as well as all members of the New York State Assembly and the New York State Senate. Besides, a referendum to repeal prohibition was proposed and accepted by a very large majority.


The Prohibition state convention met on June 24 at 150, Fifth Avenue in New York City and nominated Charles E. Manierre for Governor. The party had lost its automatic ballot access in 1922, had not run in 1924, and now needed to gather signatures and file a petition to go on the ballot.[3]

The Republican state convention met on September 28 at the Madison Square Garden in New York City, and nominated Ogden L. Mills for Governor and re-nominated the incumbent U.S. Senator James W. Wadsworth, Jr.[4]

The Democratic state convention met on September 28 at Syracuse, New York, and re-nominated Governor Al Smith.[5]


Almost the whole Democratic ticket was elected, only the Republican incumbent Attorney General Ottinger managed to stay in office.

The incumbents Smith and Ottinger were re-elected. The incumbents Lowman, Murphy and Wadsworth were defeated.

The Democratic, Republican and Socialist parties maintained automatic ballot access (necessary 25,000 votes for governor), the Prohibition and Socialist Labor Party did not re-attain it, and the Workers Party did not attain it.

1926 state election results
Office Democratic ticket Republican ticket Independent Republican ticket Socialist ticket Prohibition ticket Workers ticket Socialist Labor ticket
Governor Alfred E. Smith 1,523,813 Ogden L. Mills 1,276,137 (none) Jacob Panken 83,481 Charles E. Manierre[6] 21,285 Benjamin Gitlow 5,507 Jeremiah D. Crowley[7] 3,553
Lieutenant Governor Edwin Corning Seymour Lowman (none) August Claessens Ella L. McCarthy 17,303 Franklin P. Brill[8] John E. DeLee[9]
Comptroller Morris S. Tremaine 1,367,393 Vincent B. Murphy 1,294,251 (none) Charles W. Noonan[10] 85,493 Neil D. Cranmer[11] 26,308 Juliet S. Poyntz 6,633 Lewis F. Alrutz[12] 4,848
Attorney General Benjamin Stolz Albert Ottinger (none) Hezekiah D. Wilcox[13] David A. Howell 21,472 Robbins
Chief Judge Benjamin N. Cardozo Benjamin N. Cardozo (none) Darwin J. Meserole[14] Milton Weinberger[15]
Judge of the Court of Appeals Henry T. Kellogg Henry T. Kellogg (none)
U.S. Senator Robert F. Wagner 1,321,463 James W. Wadsworth, Jr. 1,205,246 Franklin W. Cristman 231,906 Jessie W. Hughan 73,412 (none)[16] William F. Dunne 6,444 Joseph Brandon[17] 4,342



  • Result (Prohibition only): Vote for Prohibition candidates at

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