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New York state election, 1870

The 1870 New York state election was held on November 8, 1870, to elect the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, the New York State Comptroller, two Canal Commissioners and an Inspector of State Prisons, as well as all members of the New York State Assembly.


  • History 1
  • Result 2
  • Notes 3
  • Sources 4
  • See also 5


The Republican state convention met on September 7 at DeWitt Clinton Littlejohn was nominated for Lieutenant Governor on the first ballot (vote: Littlejohn 196, Sigismund Kaufman 182). Abiah W. Palmer was nominated for Comptroller by acclamation.[1] On September 8, Absalom Nelson, of Erie County, was nominated for Canal Commissioner (full term) by acclamation. Alexander Barkley was nominated for Canal Commissioner (short term) on the first ballot (vote: Barkley: 302, Alonzo N. Welch 82). Littlejohn declined to run and suggested the choice of Kaufman, who was then nominated. John Parkhurst, the Warden of Clinton State Prison, was nominated for Prison Inspector by acclamation.[2]


The whole Democratic ticket, made up of the six incumbent officers, was re-elected.

65 Democrats and 63 Republicans were elected for the session of 1871 to the New York State Assembly.[3]

1870 state election results
Office Democratic ticket Republican ticket
Governor John T. Hoffman 399,490 Stewart L. Woodford 366,424
Lieutenant Governor Allen C. Beach Sigismund Kaufmann[4]
Comptroller[5] Asher P. Nichols Abiah W. Palmer
Canal Commissioner (full term) John D. Fay Absalom Nelson
Canal Commissioner (short term)[6] George W. Chapman Alexander Barkley
Inspector of State Prisons Solomon Scheu John Parkhurst[7]


  1. ^ THE SARATOGA CONVENTION in NYT on September 8, 1870
  2. ^ POLITICAL.; REPUBLICAN CONVENTION in NYT on September 9, 1870
  3. ^ THE ASSEMBLY in NYT on November 12, 1870
  4. ^ Sigismund Kaufmann, lawyer from Saratoga, presidential elector in 1860 on Lincoln ticket
  5. ^ To fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of William F. Allen, a Comptroller was elected to a one-year term.
  6. ^ To fill the vacancy caused by the death of Oliver Bascom, a Commissioner was elected to a one-year term.
  7. ^ John Parkhurst, Warden of Clinton State Prison


  • The Tickets: [1] in NYT on October 30, 1870

See also

New York gubernatorial elections

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