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United States Senate election in New York, 1795

 

United States Senate election in New York, 1795

The 1795 United States Senate election in New York was held on January 27, 1795 by the New York State Legislature to elect a U.S. Senator (Class 3) to represent the State of New York in the United States Senate.

Background

In July 1789, Philip Schuyler and Rufus King had been elected to the U.S. Senate. King had drawn the long term which would expire on March 3, 1795.

At the State election in April 1794, Federalist majorities were elected to both houses of the 18th New York State Legislature which met from January 6 to 14 at Poughkeepsie, New York, and from January 20 to April 9, 1795, at New York City.

Candidates

The incumbent Rufus King ran for re-election as the candidate of the Federalist Party.

Result

King was the choice of both the State Senate and the State Assembly, and was declared re-elected.

1795 United States Senator election result
Office House Federalist candidate Democratic-Republican candidate
U.S. Senator State Senate (24 members) Rufus King
State Assembly (68 members) Rufus King

Obs.: King had a majority of 2 votes in the Senate, and 5 votes in the Assembly, but the exact number of votes is unclear.

Aftermath

Rufus King was appointed U.S. Minister to Great Britain, and resigned from the U.S. Senate on May 23, 1796. A special election to fill the vacancy was held in November 1796.

Sources

  • The New York Civil List compiled in 1858 (see: pg. 62 for U.S. Senators; pg. 115 for State Senators 1794-95; page 168f for Members of Assembly 1794-95)
  • Members of the Fourth United States Congress
  • History of Political Parties in the State of New-York by Jabez Delano Hammond (page 88)
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