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New York state election, 1858


New York state election, 1858

The 1858 New York state election was held on November 2, 1858, to elect the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, a Canal Commissioner, and an Inspector of State Prisons, as well as all members of the New York State Assembly and two members[1] of the New York State Senate. Besides, the question was asked if a Constitutional Convention should be held, and answered in the negative: The vote was 135,266 for and 144,526 against.


The "Mass State Convention to nominate Gerrit Smith for Governor" met on August 4 at Syracuse, New York, Isaac Parks, of Canastota, presided. [2]

The Republican and the American state conventions met on September 8 at [6]


The whole Republican ticket was elected. The incumbent Russell was defeated.

One Republican and one American were elected for the session of 1859 to the New York State Senate, which had then 16 Republicans, 12 Democrats, 3 Americans and one Independent Republican.

99 Republicans and Americans, and 29 Democrats were elected for the session of 1859 to the New York State Assembly.

1858 state election results
Office Republican ticket Democratic ticket American ticket Liberty[7] ticket
Governor Edwin D. Morgan 247,953 Amasa J. Parker 230,513 Lorenzo Burrows 60,880 Gerrit Smith 5,470
Lieutenant Governor Robert Campbell 250,831 John J. Taylor 229,796 Nathaniel S. Benton 62,336 Sidney A. Beers 2,187
Canal Commissioner Hiram Gardner 249,933 Sherburne B. Piper 229,848 James R. Thompson 59,919 J. C. Harrington 1,801
Inspector of State Prisons Josiah T. Everest 248,151 Edward L. Donnelly 226,992 William A. Russell 60,409 Silas T. Tyler 1,690


  1. ^ to fill vacancies in the 11th and 31st Districts
  2. ^ The Friends of Gerrit Smith at Syracuse in NYT on August 6, 1858
  3. ^ NEWS OF THE DAY in NYT on September 9, 1858
  4. ^ among these was Weed's vote, his first ever vote for a candidate in a convention
  5. ^ Governor King had declined to be re-nominated
  6. ^ The American and Republican State Conventions in NYT on September 10, 1858
  7. ^ In the press referred to as "the friends of Gerrit Smith"


  • Result in The Tribune Almanac for the Years 1838 to 1868 compiled by Horace Greeley

See also

New York gubernatorial elections

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