New York state election, 1922

New York state election, 1922

The 1922 New York state election was held on November 7, 1922, to elect the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor, the Secretary of State, the State Comptroller, the Attorney General, the State Treasurer, the State Engineer and a U.S. Senator, as well as all members of the New York State Assembly and the New York State Senate. Besides, two amendments to the State Constitution were proposed.



A Socialist state convention met on July 2 at 5, East Sixteenth Street in New York City. They nominated a tentative ticket which would be the basis for a fusion with the Farmer-Labor Party to be effected later. On it were Ex-Alderman Edward F. Cassidy for Governor; Theresa B. Wiley, of Schenectady, for Lieutenant Governor; A. Philip Randolph for Secretary of State; James C. Sheahan, a railroad worker of Albany, for Comptroller; Morris Berman for Treasurer; Hezekiah D. Wilcox for Attorney General; Charles P. Steinmetz for State Engineer; and John W. Dannes, of Rochester, for U.S. Senator.[1] The official state convention met on September 30 at 7, East Fifteenth Street in New York City; S. John Block was Chairman. They nominated the same state ticket which was already proposed in July, with one exception. For U.S. Senator now Mrs. Esther Lefkowitz, of Elmhurst, was nominated.[2]

The Republican state convention met on September 28 at Albany, New York. Elihu Root was Temporary Chairman until the choice of Speaker H. Edmund Machold as Permanent Chairman. All nominations, except for Secretary of State, were unopposed. Governor Nathan L. Miller was re-nominated. William J. Donovan was nominated for Lieutenant Governor. Secretary of State John J. Lyons was defeated on the first ballot by Samuel J. Joseph, of The Bronx (vote: Joseph 1031, Lyons 158). The incumbents Comptroller William J. Maier, Treasurer N. Monroe Marshall and U.S. Senator William M. Calder were re-nominated. Superintendent of Public Works Charles L. Cadle, of Rochester, was nominated for State Engineer; and Erskine C. Rogers, of Hudson Falls, for Attorney General.[3]

The Democratic state convention met on September 29 at Syracuse, New York. Mayor of Albany William S. Hackett was Permanent Chairman. Ex-Governor Al Smith (in office 1919-20) was nominated again for Governor, all 734 votes were cast for him, the only candidate. Mayor of Schenectady George R. Lunn was nominated for Lieutenant Governor; New York City Commissioner of Corrections James A. Hamilton for Secretary of State; Ex-Mayor of Troy James W. Fleming for Comptroller, Captain George K. Shuler for Treasurer; Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of New York Carl Sherman for Attorney General; Dwight B. LaDu for State Engineer; and New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Royal S. Copeland for U.S. Senator. All nominations were unopposed.[4]


The whole Democratic ticket was elected.

The incumbents Miller, Maier, Marshall and Calder were defeated.

The Democratic, Republican and Socialist parties maintained automatic ballot access (necessary 15,000 votes for governor), the Farmer-Labor and Prohibition parties lost it; and the Socialist Labor Party did not re-attain it.

1922 state election results
Office Democratic ticket Republican ticket Socialist/Farmer-Labor ticket Prohibition ticket Socialist Labor ticket
Governor Alfred E. Smith 1,397,670 Nathan L. Miller 1,011,725 Edward F. Cassidy 108,136[5] George K. Hinds 9,561 Jeremiah D. Crowley[6] 3,799
Lieutenant Governor George R. Lunn 1,244,036 William J. Donovan 1,070,075 Theresa B. Wiley 117,269 William C. Ramsdell 20,195 John E. DeLee[7] 5,539
Secretary of State James A. Hamilton 1,205,736 Samuel J. Joseph 1,062,921 A. Philip Randolph Helen G. H. Estelle 24,776 May Phalor[8]
Comptroller James W. Fleming 1,191,894 William J. Maier 1,066,871 James C. Sheahan Edwin S. Dean 21,611 John Donahue[9]
Attorney General Carl Sherman 1,192,468 Erskine C. Rogers 1,064,223 Hezekiah D. Wilcox[10] Francis E. Baldwin[11] 23,015 Erwin A. Archer[12]
Treasurer George K. Shuler 1,174,218 N. Monroe Marshall 1,084,405 Morris Berman[13] Albert W. Pierson[14] 21,256 Charles W. Ensign
State Engineer Dwight B. LaDu 1,037,314 Charles L. Cadle 1,009,582 Charles P. Steinmetz 291,763 John G. Passage 19,852 Simeon Bickwheat 5,131
U.S. Senator Royal S. Copeland 1,276,667 William M. Calder 995,421 Algernon Lee 117,928 Coleridge A. Hart[15] 32,124 Henry Kuhn[16] 4,993


  • The amendment proposing to increase the salaries of the judges of the New York Court of Appeals from $10,000 to $17,000 was rejected: 572,502 For and 891,980 Against.
  • The amendment proposing a change in the procedure relating to special city bills was accepted: 819,628 For and 554,654 Against.


  3. ^ Every Vote Cast for Governor Miller in NYT on September 29, 1922
  4. ^ DEMOCRATS NAME SMITH FOR GOVERNOR in NYT on September 30, 1922
  5. ^ Cassidy polled 99,944 votes on the Socialist ticket; 6,887 votes on the Farmer-Labor ticket; and 1,805 votes "on Socialist and Farmer-Labor emblems"
  6. ^ 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
  7. ^ John E. DeLee, ran also for Comptroller in 1920
  8. ^ May Phalor, ran also in 1920
  9. ^ John Donahue, ran also for Attorney General in 1918 and 1920
  10. ^ Hezekiah D. Wilcox, of Elmira, ran also for the Court of Appeals in 1916, 1917 and 1921; and for Attorney General in 1918
  11. ^ Francis E. Baldwin, ran also for Governor in 1894; for Chief Judge in 1897; for Attorney General in 1910; for U.S. Senator in 1914; and for the Court of Appeals in 1920
  12. ^ Erwin A. Archer, ran also for U.S. Senator in 1914; and for Attorney General in 1916
  13. ^ Morris Berman, retired merchant of Cedarhurst, ran also for State Engineer in 1895
  14. ^ Albert W. Pierson, of Niagara Falls, ran also for State Engineer in 1898, 1908 and 1910
  15. ^ Coleridge Allen Hart (b. July 11, 1852 Peekskill), lawyer, of Brooklyn, ran also for Attorney General in 1889; and for the Court of Appeals in 1907, 1908, 1914, 1916, 1917 and 1920
  16. ^ Henry Kuhn, ran also for Secretary of State in 1910; and for Attorney General in 1912


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