New York gubernatorial election, 1932

The 1932 New York state election was held on November 8, 1932, to elect the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, the State Comptroller, the Attorney General, the Chief Judge,[1] a U.S. Senator and two U.S. Representatives-at-large, as well as all members of the New York State Assembly and the New York State Senate.


By a re-apportionment in 1932, the state of New York received two more seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, but instead of redistricting the congressional districts, the additional congressmen were elected at-large on the state ticket until the election of 1944.

The Socialist Labor state convention met on April 29, a day before the party's national convention, in New York City, and nominated Aaron M. Orange for Governor; and Emil F. Teichert for Lieutenant Governor.[2]

The Communist state convention met on June 19 at Schenectady, New York, and nominated Israel Amter for Governor; and Henry Shepard, a "Harlem Negro," for Lieutenant Governor[3]

The Socialist state convention met on July 3 at Utica, New York, and nominated Louis Waldman for the third time to run for Governor; and Frank R. Crosswaith for Lieutenant Governor.[4] Crosswaith however declined, instead running for Congress in Harlem, and Charles W. Noonan was substituted on the ticket.[5]

The Law Preservation state convention met on October 3 at Syracuse, New York and nominated the Rev. Dr. John F. Vichert, of Rochester, a professor of practical theology at Colgate Divinity School, for Governor; H. Westlake Coons for Lieutenant Governor; Ralph H. Culley, of Rochester, for Attorney General; Francis A. Walters, of Rome, for Comptroller; and Dr. D. Leigh Colvin for U.S. Senator. At first Vichert declined,[6] but a few days later changed his mind.[7]

The Republican state convention met on October 4 at Buffalo, New York, and nominated Colonel William J. "Wild Bill" Donovan for Governor; and Assistant U.S. Secretary of War F. Trubee Davison for Lieutenant Governor; Mayor of Rochester, New York Charles S. Owen for Comptroller; Moses G. Hubbard, of Utica, for Attorney General; George Z. Medalie for the U.S. Senate; and the incumbent[8] Chief Judge Cuthbert W. Pound to succeed himself.[9]

The Democratic state convention met on October 4 at Albany, New York, and nominated Lieutenant Governor Herbert H. Lehman for Governor to succeed Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt who had been nominated for U.S. President; M. William Bray for Lieutenant Governor; and re-nominated the other incumbent state officers, among them the Republican Chief Judge Cuthbert W. Pound.[10]


The whole Democratic ticket was elected in another landslide.

The incumbents Tremaine, Bennett, Pound and Wagner were re-elected.

1932 state election results
Office Democratic ticket Republican ticket Socialist ticket Law Preservation ticket Communist ticket Socialist Labor ticket
Governor Herbert H. Lehman 2,659,519 William J. Donovan 1,812,080 Louis Waldman 102,959 John F. Vichert 83,452 Israel Amter 26,407 Aaron M. Orange[11] 7,233
Lieutenant Governor M. William Bray F. Trubee Davison Charles W. Noonan[12] 141,401 H. Westlake Coons[13] 71,862 Henry Shepard[14] 29,080 Emil F. Teichert[15] 9,913
Comptroller Morris S. Tremaine Charles S. Owen Elizabeth C. Roth[16] Francis A. Watters 68,947
Attorney General John J. Bennett, Jr. Moses G. Hubbard William Karlin Ralph H. Culley 68,030
Chief Judge Cuthbert W. Pound Cuthbert W. Pound Jacob Panken George E. Powers
U.S. Senator Robert F. Wagner 2,532,905 George Z. Medalie 1,751,186 Charles Solomon D. Leigh Colvin 74,611 William Weinstone Jeremiah D. Crowley[17]
U.S. Representative-at-large Elmer E. Studley Nicholas H. Pinto G. August Gerber Elizabeth A. Smart 74,436 Jacob Berlin[18]
U.S. Representative-at-large John Fitzgibbons Sherman J. Lowell Fred Sander[19] J. Elmer Cates 68,622 O. Martin Olson[20]



  • Result: in NYT on December 10, 1932
  • Result (Prohibition only): Vote for Prohibition candidates at

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