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New York state election, 1932


New York state 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 [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 2,469,371 F. Trubee Davison 1,806,941 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 2,468,228 Charles S. Owen 1,771,104 Elizabeth C. Roth[16] 153,299 Francis A. Watters 68,947 Rose Wortis 29,558 John E. DeLee 10,394
Attorney General John J. Bennett, Jr. 2,472,739 Moses G. Hubbard 1,764,549 William Karlin 155,174 Ralph H. Culley 68,030 J. Louis Engdahl 29,737 Simeon Bickwheat 10,224
Chief Judge Cuthbert W. Pound Cuthbert W. Pound 4,183,939 Jacob Panken 193,409 George E. Powers 31,076
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 2,363,627 Nicholas H. Pinto 1,756,343 G. August Gerber 166,781 Elizabeth A. Smart 74,436 Jacob Berlin[18] 12,546
U.S. Representative-at-large John Fitzgibbons 2,333,787 Sherman J. Lowell 1,740,325 Fred Sander[19] 163,648 J. Elmer Cates 68,622 O. Martin Olson[20] 11,623


  1. ^ to succeed Benjamin N. Cardozo who had been appointed to the United States Supreme Court
  2. ^ LABOR PARTY MEETS TO PICK CANDIDATES in NYT on May 1, 1932 (subscription required)
  3. ^ COMMUNISTS NAME TICKET in NYT on June 20, 1932 (subscription required)
  4. ^ THOMAS ATTACKS ROOSEVELT CHOICE; ...WALDMAN FOR GOVERNOR in NYT on July 4, 1932 (subscription required)
  5. ^ SOCIALIST TICKET FOR STATE CHANGED in NYT on August 7, 1932 (subscription required)
  6. ^ STATE DRYS NOMINATE VICHERT FOR GOVERNOR in NYT on October 4, 1932 (subscription required)
  7. ^ DR. VICHERT DECIDES TO RUN in NYT on October 7, 1932 (subscription required)
  8. ^ Pound had been appointed by Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt to fill the vacancy temporarily
  9. ^ DONOVAN NOMINATED, ADVOCATES REPEAL in NYT on October 5, 1932 (subscription required)
  10. ^ LEHMAN STICKS TO GUNS in NYT on October 5, 1932 (subscription required)
  11. ^ Aaron M. Orange, school teacher, ran also in 1934 and 1938
  12. ^ Charles W. Noonan, of Schenectady, Alderman from Schenectady's 7th Ward, ran also for Comptroller in 1914, 1916 and 1926; for Treasurer in 1918; and for Secretary of State in 1920
  13. ^ Horace Westlake Coons (1877-1957), lawyer, of Ellenville
  14. ^ Henry Shepard, ran also for Congress at-large in 1934
  15. ^ Emil F. Teichert, ran also in 1934
  16. ^ Elizabeth C. Roth, of Buffalo, ran also for Comptroller in 1928; and for Lieutenant Governor in 1930
  17. ^ Jeremiah D. Crowley, of Marcellus, ran also for State Engineer in 1910; for Lieutenant Governor in 1912, 1914 and 1920; and for Governor in 1916, 1922, 1926 and 1930
  18. ^ Jacob Berlin (b. 1906 Poland), clerk, ran also for Congress in 1934; and for Lieutenant Governor in 1938
  19. ^ Fred Sander, also ran for Comptroller in 1934
  20. ^ O. Martin Olson, of Jamestown, ran also for Comptroller in 1934; and for the U.S. Senate in 1938


  • Result: ROOSEVELT'S LEAD IN STATE 596,996 in NYT on December 10, 1932
  • Result (Prohibition only): Vote for Prohibition candidates at

Results-New York Red Book 1933

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