1877 New York state election

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The 1877 New York state election was held on November 6, 1877, to elect the Secretary of State, the State Comptroller, the Attorney General, the State Treasurer and the State Engineer, as well as all members of the New York State Assembly and the New York State Senate.


The Republican state convention met on September 26 and 27 at Rochester, New York. John C. Churchill for Secretary of State, Francis Sylvester for Comptroller, William L. Bostwick for Treasurer, Grenville Tremain for Attorney General, and Howard Soule, Jr., for State Engineer, were nominated unanimously without much debate.[1] Sylvester declined to run, and on October 19, the State Committee substituted Clinton V. R. Ludington for Comptroller on the ticket.[2]

The Working Men's state convention met at Troy, New York, and nominated John J. Junio, of Auburn, for Secretary of State; George Blair for Comptroller; Warren T. Worden for Attorney General; Samuel G. Rice for Treasurer; and Walter T. Griswold for State Engineer.[3]

The Democratic state convention met on October 3 and 4 at Albany, New York. Clarkson N. Potter was President. Allen C. Beach was nominated for Secretary of State on the first ballot (vote: Beach 227, John Bigelow [incumbent] 144, A. B. Weaver 12). The incumbent Comptroller Frederic P. Olcott was re-nominated by acclamation. James Mackin for Treasurer and Augustus Schoonmaker, Jr., for Attorney General, And Horatio Seymour, Jr., for State Engineer were nominated after some haggling and without much voting. Summing up, John Kelly had managed to wrest the power in the Democratic Party from the Tilden-Robinson faction.[4]

The Bread-Winners League's state convention met on October 10 at Albany, New York. Charles H. Truax was President. The convention nominated John J. Junio for Secretary of State, Frederic P. Olcott (Dem.) for Comptroller, Elmore Sharpe for Attorney General, Julius Kern for Treasurer and Horatio Seymour, Jr. (Dem.), for State Engineer.[5]

The German-American Independent Citizens' Committee met on October 12 at Beethoven Hall in New York City. Oswald Ottendorfer presided. The Committee cross-endorsed the following state ticket: Churchill (Rep.) for Secretary of State, Olcott (Dem.) for Comptroller, Bostwick (Rep.) for Treasurer, Tremain (Rep.) for Attorney General and Seymour (Dem.) for State Engineer.[6]


The entire state-wide Democratic ticket was elected.

The incumbent Olcott was re-elected.

1877 state election results
Ticket / Office Secretary of State Comptroller Attorney General Treasurer State Engineer
Democratic Allen C. Beach
Frederic P. Olcott
Augustus Schoonmaker, Jr.
James Mackin
Horatio Seymour, Jr.
Republican John C. Churchill
Clinton V. R. Ludington[7]
Grenville Tremain[8]
William L. Bostwick[9]
Howard Soule[10]
Working Men John J. Junio
George Blair
Warren T. Worden
Samuel G. Rice
Walter T. Griswold
Prohibition Henry Hagner
Elias T. Talbot[11]
G. Havens Gleason
Joseph W. Grosvenor
Henry D. Myers
Social Democratic John McIntosh
G. Kuhne
Ernst Smith
R. H. Bartholomew
C. F. Collenburg
Greenback Francis E. Spinner[12]
Thomas B. Edwards
William S. Jaynes William Doyle
Rushton Smith
German Independent John C. Churchill Frederic P. Olcott Grenville Tremain William L. Bostwick Horatio Seymour, Jr.
Bread-Winners John J. Junio Frederic P. Olcott Elmore Sharpe Julius Kern Horatio Seymour, Jr.

The numbers are the total votes on all tickets.


  1. ^ The State Republicans New York Times. September 28, 1877.
  2. ^ The State Ticket New York Times. October 20, 1877.
  3. ^ The Harmonizing Committee New York Times. August 20, 1878.
  4. ^ The Democratic Wrangle New York Times. October 5, 1877.
  5. ^ The Bread-Winners' League — The Convention at Albany New York Times. October 11, 1877.
  6. ^ Political Intelligence — The Independent Germans New York Times October 13, 1877.
  7. ^ Clinton Van Rensselaer Ludington (1821-1900), Obituary New York Times. March 29, 1900.
  8. ^ Grenville Tremain, son of Lyman Tremain
  9. ^ William L. Bostwick, a Regent of the University of New York
  10. ^ Howard Soule (b. 1829), ran also in 1879, bio at Canal Engineer's Bios Archived 2008-07-24 at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ Elias T. Talbot, also ran for Prison Inspector in 1876.
  12. ^ Spinner was nominated without his consent. See:Political Notes New York Times. October 1, 1877.


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