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New York state election, 1859


New York state election, 1859

The 1859 New York state election was held on November 8, 1859, to elect the Secretary of State, the State Comptroller, the Attorney General, the State Treasurer, the State Engineer, a Judge of the New York Court of Appeals, a Canal Commissioner, an Inspector of State Prisons and the Clerk of the Court of Appeals, as well as all members of the New York State Assembly and the New York State Senate. Besides, the voters were asked if the State could take a loan of US$ 2,500,000, which was answered in the affirmative with 125,370 for and 77,466 against.


This was the last campaign of the American Party. They did not nominate an own ticket, but endorsed five Republican and four Democratic nominees.


Almost the whole cross-endorsed American ticket was elected. The approximate strength of The Republican Party (251,000 votes) was about the same as the combined strength of the Democratic Party (227,000 votes) and the American Party (24,000 votes). The five Republicans endorsed by the American Party had an easy victory, three of the four Democrats endorsed by the American Party struggled to win in a very tight race, only Elderkin missed the mark by 590 votes out of more than half a million cast.

The incumbents Church, Tremain, Vanderpoel and Johnson were defeated. The incumbent Richmond was re-elected.

23 Republicans and nine Democrats were elected to a two-year term (1860-61) in the New York State Senate.

91 Republicans and 37 Democrats were elected for the session of 1860 to the New York State Assembly.

1859 state election results
Office Republican ticket Democratic ticket American ticket
Secretary of State Elias W. Leavenworth 251,139 David R. Floyd-Jones 252,589 David R. Floyd-Jones
Comptroller Robert Denniston 275,952 Sanford E. Church 227,304 Robert Denniston
Attorney General Charles G. Myers 276,792 Lyman Tremain 227,345 Charles G. Myers
Treasurer Philip Dorsheimer 275,587 Isaac V. Vanderpoel 226,755 Philip Dorsheimer
State Engineer Orville W. Storey 250,880
Van Rensselaer Richmond 252,312
Van Rensselaer Richmond
Judge of the Court of Appeals Henry E. Davies 272,275
Alexander S. Johnson 227,171
Henry E. Davies
Canal Commissioner Ogden N. Chapin 251,449
William I. Skinner 251,777 William I. Skinner
Inspector of State Prisons David P. Forrest 251,784
Noble S. Elderkin 251,194
Noble S. Elderkin
Clerk of the Court of Appeals Charles Hughes 275,286 John L. Lewis, Jr. 227,555
Charles Hughes



  • The numbers given are the total votes on the Republican and American tickets for Denniston, Myers, Dorsheimer, Davies and Hughes, and the total of Democratic and American votes for Floyd-Jones, Richmond, Skinner and Elderkin.
  • The votes given are the actual returns as transmitted by the counties to the Secretary of State, the officially declared vote (in parentheses) for some candidates is a little lower because on technicalities some of the votes were not allowed to be counted.

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