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The 1926 New York state election was held on November 2, 1926, to elect the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, the State Comptroller, the Attorney General, a U.S. Senator, the Chief Judge[1] and an associate judge[2] of the New York Court of Appeals, as well as all members of the New York State Assembly and the New York State Senate. Besides, a referendum to repeal prohibition was proposed and accepted by a very large majority.



The Prohibition state convention met on June 24 at 150, Fifth Avenue in New York City and nominated Charles E. Manierre for Governor. The party had lost its automatic ballot access in 1922, had not run in 1924, and now needed to gather signatures and file a petition to go on the ballot.[3]

The Republican state convention met on September 28 at the Madison Square Garden in New York City, and nominated Ogden L. Mills for Governor and re-nominated the incumbent U.S. Senator James W. Wadsworth, Jr.[4]

The Democratic state convention met on September 28 at Syracuse, New York, and re-nominated Governor Al Smith.[5]


Almost the whole Democratic ticket was elected, only the Republican incumbent Attorney General Ottinger managed to stay in office.

The incumbents Smith and Ottinger were re-elected. The incumbents Lowman, Murphy and Wadsworth were defeated.

The Democratic, Republican and Socialist parties maintained automatic ballot access (necessary 25,000 votes for governor), the Prohibition and Socialist Labor Party did not re-attain it, and the Workers Party did not attain it.

1926 state election results
Office Democratic ticket Republican ticket Independent Republican ticket Socialist ticket Prohibition ticket Workers ticket Socialist Labor ticket
Governor Alfred E. Smith 1,523,813 Ogden L. Mills 1,276,137 (none) Jacob Panken[6] 83,481 Charles E. Manierre[7] 21,285 Benjamin Gitlow 5,507 Jeremiah D. Crowley[8] 3,553
Lieutenant Governor Edwin Corning Seymour Lowman (none) August Claessens Ella L. McCarthy 17,303 Franklin P. Brill[9] John E. DeLee[10]
Comptroller Morris S. Tremaine 1,367,393 Vincent B. Murphy 1,294,251 (none) Charles W. Noonan[11] 85,493 Neil D. Cranmer[12] 26,308 Juliet S. Poyntz 6,633 Lewis F. Alrutz[13] 4,848
Attorney General Benjamin Stolz Albert Ottinger (none) Hezekiah D. Wilcox[14] David A. Howell 21,472 Robbins
Chief Judge Benjamin N. Cardozo Benjamin N. Cardozo (none) Darwin J. Meserole[15] Milton Weinberger[16]
Judge of the Court of Appeals Henry T. Kellogg Henry T. Kellogg (none)
U.S. Senator Robert F. Wagner 1,321,463 James W. Wadsworth, Jr. 1,205,246 Franklin W. Cristman[17] 231,906 Jessie W. Hughan[18] 73,412 (none)[19] William F. Dunne 6,444 Joseph Brandon[20] 4,342


  1. ^ to succeed Frank H. Hiscock who would reach the constitutional age limit at the end of the year
  2. ^ to succeed Chester B. McLaughlin who would reach the constitutional age limit at the end of the year
  3. ^ DRYS NAME TICKET FOR STATE ELECTION in NYT on June 25, 1926 (subscription required)
  4. ^ 58 DRYS BALK AT SENATOR; ...13 VOTES ALSO FAIL MILLS in NYT on September 29, 1926 (subscription required)
  5. ^ SYRACUSE WHEELS OILED; ...SMITH'S FIFTH NOMINATION in NYT on September 29, 1926 (subscription required)
  6. ^ Jacob Panken (1879-1968), Municipal Court Justice in New York City since 1918, ran also for U.S. Senator in 1920; for Mayor of New York in 1921; and for the Court of Appeals in 1923
  7. ^ Charles E. Manierre, ran also for the Court of Appeals in 1903; and for Chief Judge in 1913
  8. ^ 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 and 1922
  9. ^ Franklin P. Brill, ran also in 1924
  10. ^ John E. DeLee, ran also for Comptroller in 1920; for Lieutenant Governor in 1922; and for Treasurer in 1924
  11. ^ Charles W. Noonan, of Schenectady, ran also for Comptroller in 1914 and 1916; for Treasurer in 1918; and for Secretary of State in 1920
  12. ^ Neil Dow Cranmer, ran also for Comptroller in 1914; and for Secretary of State in 1916
  13. ^ Lewis F. Alrutz, ran also for Attorney General in 1910; and for State Engineer in 1916
  14. ^ Hezekiah D. Wilcox, of Elmira, ran also for the Court of Appeals in 1916, 1917 and 1921; and for Attorney General in 1918 and 1922
  15. ^ Darwin J. Meserole, ran also for Attorney General in 1920
  16. ^ Milton Weinberger, ran also for Lieutenant Governor in 1924
  17. ^ Franklin W. Cristman (b. Jan. 11, 1869 Columbia), lawyer, banker, of Herkimer, Republican assemblyman 1914, state senator 1915-16
  18. ^ Jessie Wallace Hughan, of Brooklyn, ran also for Secretary of State in 1918; and for Lieutenant Governor in 1920
  19. ^ The Prohibition Party made no nomination for U.S. Senator, but campaigned for Cristman
  20. ^ Joseph Brandon, ran also for Attorney General in 1924


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