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New York state election, 1892

The 1892 New York state election was held on November 8, 1892, to elect the Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals, as well as all members of the New York State Assembly. Besides, three amendments to the State Constitution were proposed: to transfer the settlement of contested elections to the courts, to authorize the sale of the state-owned salt works at Salina, New York, and to increase the number of New York Supreme Court justices by ten.


In 1892, there was only one officer to be elected statewide: the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of William C. Ruger in January 1892. Robert Earl had been appointed temporarily to fill the vacancy until the end of the year.

The Republican State Committee met on October 11 at the Fifth Avenue Hotel in New York City. William Brookfield presided. The committee nominated Charles Andrews, the senior associate judge of the Court of Appeals (in office since 1870, Chief Judge by appointment 1881-82) for Chief Judge on the first ballot (vote: Andrews 26, Albert Haight 3).[1]

The Democratic State Committee met on October 12 at the Hoffman House in New York City. Edward Murphy, Jr. presided. The Democrats endorsed the Republican nominee Charles Andrews unanimously.[2]


The jointly nominated judge Andrews was elected.

1892 state election result
Ticket Chief Judge
Republican Charles Andrews 1,252,963[3]
Democratic Charles Andrews
Prohibition Walter Farrington[4] 38,775
Socialist Labor Francis Gerau[5] 17,856
People's Lawrence J. McParlin[6] 17,405


  1. ^ PLATT PUTS UP ANDREWS in NYT on October 12, 1892
  2. ^ DEMOCRATS FOLLOW SUIT in NYT on October 13, 1892
  3. ^ total votes on Republican and Democratic tickets
  4. ^ Walter Farrington (ca. 1830 - Nov 25., 1920), of Poughkeepsie, lawyer, ran also for Attorney General in 1879 and 1906; and for associate judge of the Court of Appeals in 1881, 1884 and 1889
  5. ^ Dr. Francis Gerau, MD (ca. 1826-1896), of Brooklyn, President of the Labor Lyceum Association, ran also for associate judge in 1888, 1890, 1893 and 1894; see: TOO OLD FOR HER in NYT on September 11, 1886; DR. GERAU'S TRIALS in NYT on November 25, 1886; His funeral in NYT on February 24, 1896
  6. ^ Lawrence Jermain McParlin (b. Nov. 14, 1848 Lockport), lawyer; ran also in 1882; and for associate judge in 1881, 1886, 1888, 1893 and 1896


  • Result in New York City: NEW-YORK'S OFFICIAL VOTE in NYT on November 29, 1892
  • Result in Political and Governmental History of the State of New York by Ray Burdick Smith (Syracuse Press, 1922)

See also

New York state elections

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