In choosing a United States Senator, each branch of the legislature voted separately. For a candidate to be elected, it was required that he receive a majority in both the State Senate and Assembly. If that did not happen, then both brances would convene together and, in a joint ballot, choose from between the two highest candidates. In this election, no choice was made between the two branches, necessitating a joint ballot.
This election took place "in the room of the Hon. Gouerneur Morris, Esq. whose time of service expires on the 4th day of March next." American Citizen (New York, NY). February 9, 1803.
A resolution nominating Theodorus Bailey as U.S. Senator on behalf of the State Senate was amended by a motion naming John Woodworth in the place of Theodurus Bailey. The vote to replace Theodurus Bailey was 16 negative and 9 affirmative, thus confirming the original resolution endorsing Theodorus Bailey as the candidate nominated by he State Senate.
Journal of the New York Assembly, 1803. 39-40.
Journal of the New York State Senate, 1803. 12-14.
The Albany Register (Albany, NY). February 4, 1803.
American Citizen (New York, NY). February 9, 1803.
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