New York 1792 Governor

Office:
Governor (State)
Title:
Governor
Jurisdiction:
State
Label:
New York 1792 Governor
Date:
1792
State:
New York
Type:
General
Iteration:
First Ballot
Office/Role:
Governor/Governor
Candidates:
George Clinton, John Jay
Candidates: George Clinton[1]John Jay
Affiliation:RepublicanFederalist
Final Result: [2][3][4][5][6]84578325
District of Eastern24651905
Clinton County[7]--
Columbia County[8]1303717
Town of Canaan264224
Town of Claverack16841
Town of Clermont712
Town of Germantown2012
Town of Hillsdale32127
City of Hudson22252
Town of Kinderhook124156
Town of Livingston3133
Rensselaer County404717
Town of Hosick2058
Town of Petersborough[9]--
Town of Pittstown5082
Town of Renssellaerwick[10]156200
Town of Schaughticok[11]4649
Town of Stephen Town8214
Town of Troy124114
Washington County758471
Town of Argyle7136
Town of Cambridge65106
Town of Easton1163
Town of Granville9338
Town of Hampton1722
Town of Hebron10425
Town of Kingsbury3685
Town of Queensbury[12]2425
Town of Salem20324
Town of Westfield2344
Town of Whitehall1113
District of Middle22491689
Dutchess County[13][14]751945
Town of Amenia4065
Town of Beekman23126
Town of Clinton11119
Town of Fishkill8598
Town of Frederick Town5485
Town of Northeast13633
Town of Pawling94105
Town of Philips417
Town of Poughkeepsie8265
Town of Rhinebeck[15]11199
Town of Southeast-67
Town of Washington7476
Orange County[16]55190
Town of Clarks Town7016
Town of Goshen[17]14323
Town of Haverstraw221
Town of Minisink5030
Town of New Cornwall[18]--
Town of New Hampstead109-
Town of Orange Town452
Town of Warwick11218
Ulster County[19]947654
Town of Hurley[20]2642
Town of Kingston[21]156196
Town of Mamakating[22]46-
Town of Marbletown[23]42118
Town of Marlborough[24][25]1382
Town of Middletown545
Town of Montgomery[26]18255
Town of New Paltz[27][28]--
Town of New Windsor[29]1102
Town of Newburgh[30]3529
Town of Rochester[31]8118
Town of Shawangunk[32]6542
Town of Wallkill[33]1636
Town of Woodstock[34]2319
District of Southern23132175
Kings County24492
Town of Brooklyn6428
Town of Bushwyck[35]3215
Town of Flatbush3746
Town of Flatlands291
Town of Gravesend41-
Town of New Utrecht412
New York County603739
City of New York--
Ward One5666
Ward Two130130
Ward Three[36]9356
Ward Four69113
Ward Five97123
Ward Six6466
Ward Seven[37]9485
Queens County532288
Town of Flushing5223
Town of Jamaica6024
Town of Newtown11239
Town of North Hempstead6860
Town of Oyster Bay8558
Town of South Hempstead15584
Richmond County[38]1064
Town of Castle Town--
Town of Northfield314
Town of Southfield--
Town of Westfield75-
Suffolk County481228
Town of Brook Haven5093
Town of East Hampton671
Town of Huntington[39]4764
Town of Islip1014
Town of River Head2116
Town of Shelter Island82
Town of Smith Town1625
Town of South Hampton1468
Town of South Hold1165
Westchester County347824
Town of Bedford8158
Town of Cortlandt668
Town of East Chester536
Town of Greensburgh2559
Town of Harrison2731
Town of Mamaroneck316
Town of Mount Pleasant1491
Town of New Castle1156
Town of New Rochelle717
Town of North Castle2438
Town of North Salem[40]--
Town of Pelham63
Town of Poundridge731
Town of Rye2447
Town of Salem2446
Town of Scarsdale412
Town of Stephentown1531
Town of West Chester1854
Town of White Plains1627
Town of Yonkers1146
Town of Yorktown3217
District of Western14302556
Albany County4441178
City of Albany83104
Ward One3147
Ward Two1516
Ward Three3741
Town of Catskill[41][42][43]7426
Town of Cocsacke[44]1359
Town of Coeymans[45]4416
Town of Duanesburgh996
Town of Freehold1728
Town of Rensselaerville15296
Town of Schenectady8857
Town of Schoharie7075
Town of Watervliet31421
Herkimer County247401
Town of German Flatts2148
Town of Herkimer[46]11140
Town of Whites Town234113
Montgomery County306424
Town of Canajoharie[47]3678
Town of Caughnawaga162124
Town of Mohawk8253
Town of Palatine26169
Ontario County[48]2892
Town of Canadaque2892
Otsego County[49]--
Saratoga County405461
Town of Ballstown9271
Town of Charlton7517
Town of Galloway616
Town of Halfmoom2989
Town of Milton70106
Town of Saratoga2498
Town of Stillwater5474
Tioga County[50]--

Notes:

[1]Elected.
[2]Returns from eight towns (totaling 552 votes) and the entirety of votes from Clinton, Otsego and Tioga counties were rejected for a variety of technicalities. Supporters of both candidates offered differing views as to what the result would have been had all the votes from rejected towns and missing counties been included. This debate raged through the summer and fall of 1792. Articles in The Albany Gazette (Albany, NY) on April 27, 1792 and in the Poughkeepsie Journal on July 12, 26 and August 1, 1792 attempt to project the election outcome with the rejected returns. It has been generally conceded that had all the rejected votes been counted, John Jay would have been elected Governor.
[3]"The counties of Otsego, Tioga, and Clinton had their suffrages burnt by the canvassers. The number of votes which will probably be taken in these three counties at this election, will exceed 2000--The friends of Mr. Jay calculate on a majority of at least 1000--In Herkimer and Onondaga, a Gentleman of the best information at Whitestown, writes the Printers of The Albany Gazette (Albany, NY), that they will take '2600 votes, of which Jay and Van Rensselaer will have 2100. It is at least certain the votes will be in that proportion.'" The Albany Gazette (Albany, NY), April 27, 1795.
[4]"The canvassers, as might be imagined, spent more than a few meetings struggling with the problem. Clintonian and Jay-ite alike knew the unofficial, if not the official, vote in the contested counties. If they counted the votes from all three, in all likelihod Jay would have won by a small margin. Clinton and Tioga were both Clintonian. Clinton in 1789 voted 42 to 3 for Clinton and in the January 1793 congressional contest voted 214 to 32 for a Republican. The score there in the gubernatorial election was perhaps 75 to 25. In Tioga, whose citizens were voting as a county unit for the first time and where there were perhaps 200 eligible voters, the vote may have been 100 to 50 in Clinton's favor. But even if these two thinly settled counties together gave the Governor a 100-vote majority - the most claimed by Clintonians - they would have been offset by heavily Federalist Otsego. The largest claim for Clintonian votes in Otsego was 150. Federalists claimed from about 700 to as many as 1200; Clintonians insisted the Federalist vote was no more than 550. The evidence is ambiguous but the vote Jefferson heard in Philadelphia - 850 to 150 - seems realistic. Even if the Federalist majority in Otsego were only 400, Clinton's majority of 100 from Clinton and Tioga, added to his 108 majority in the rest of the state, would not have been enough to overcome Jay's Otsego lead. Jay would have won by 200 or more votes." The Democratic Republicans in New York: The Origins, 1763-1797. p 307-308. For a fuller discussion of the election, the controversy and the lingering debate over the decisions, see the entire chapter from The Democratic Republicans in New York: The Origins, 1763-1797 titled "Federalists as Democrats: The Election Dispute of 1792", p 304-323.
[5]Votes Lost for Governor: Richmond County - Castleton and Southfield, 101. Westerchester County - New Salem, 65. Orange County - New Cornwall, 189. Ulster County - New Paltz, 72. Rensselaer County - Peterborough, 55. Ontario County - Genesee 59 and Jerusalem 11. Total 552.
[6]"During a decade of political power, Federalists learned to act both as governors and as mediators between the public and their governors. Thus in an election dispute like the New York gubernatorial contest of 1792, where John Jay's prospects hinged on the counting of votes from three disputed counties, public meetings were arranged, a Federalist committee was created in nearly every county, and the legislature was beseiged with petitions, which eventually prodded it into holding a hearing on the issue. (That the outcome of the legislative hearing was not what the Federalists wanted does not detract from the fact they had been able to mobilize public opinion throughout the state in a coordinated fashion.)" Linda K. Kerber, History of U.S. Political Parties Volume I: 1789-1860: From Factions to Parties. Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., ed. New York, 1973, Chelsea House Publisher. 10.
[7]Votes rejected.
[8]The Poughkeepsie Journal, June 14, lists 617 votes for John Jay in Columbia County, though the votes given add up to 717.
[9]"Lost, having separate poll lists and ballots" The Daily Advertiser (New York, NY) June 7.
[10]Some sources spell Renssellaerwick as "Rensselaerwyck."
[11]The Diary; or, Loudon's Register (New York, NY), June 7, spells Schaugticok as "Schagticoke" and the Poughkeepsie Journal, June 14, as "Schaughticoke."
[12]The Diary; or, Loudon's Register (New York, NY), June 8, lists John Jay with 35 votes in Queensbury.
[13]The Goshen Repository, June 12, and The Daily Advertiser (New York, NY), June 4th, and The Diary; or, Loudon's Register (New York, NY), June 4, list George Clinton with 710 votes and John Jay with 971 votes in Dutchess County.
[14]The Diary; or, Loudon's Register (New York, NY), June 5, lists 1045 votes for John Jay in Dutchess County.
[15]The Daily Advertiser (New York, NY) and The Diary; or, Loudon's Register (New York, NY) spell the town of Rhinebeck as "Rynebeck."
[16]Most sources list 80 votes for John Jay in Orange County, though the town votes add up to 90.
[17]The Diary; or, Loudon's Register (New York, NY) June 4th lists 145 votes for George Clinton in Goshen County.
[18]Votes lost.
[19]The New-York Journal, and Patriotic Register (New York, NY). May 12th lists George Clinton with 883 votes and John Jay with 815 votes in Ulster County.
[20]The New-York Journal, and Patriotic Register (New York, NY). May 12th lists George Clinton with 23 votes and John Jay with 44 votes.
[21]The New-York Journal, and Patriotic Register (New York, NY). May 12th lists Goerge Clinton with 148 votes and John Jay with 210 votes.
[22]The New-York Journal, and Patriotic Register (New York, NY). May 12th lists George Clinton with 30 votes and John Jay with 16 votes.
[23]The New-York Journal, and Patriotic Register (New York, NY). May 12th lists George Clinton with 40 votes and John Jay with 120 votes.
[24]The Daily Advertiser (New York, NY) and The Diary; or, Loudon's Register (New York, NY) list these votes as from "New Marlborough."
[25]The New-York Journal, and Patriotic Register (New York, NY). May 12th lists George Clinton with 15 votes and John Jay with 90 votes.
[26]The New-York Journal, and Patriotic Register (New York, NY). May 12th lists George Clinton with 160 votes and John Jay with 82 votes.
[27]Votes Lost
[28]The New-York Journal, and Patriotic Register (New York, NY). May 12th lists George Clinton with 29 votes and John Jay with 43 votes; all other sources report that votes were not counted.
[29]The New-York Journal, and Patriotic Register (New York, NY). May 12th lists George Clinton with 100 votes and John Jay with 7 votes.
[30]The New-York Journal, and Patriotic Register (New York, NY). May 12th lists George Clinton with 32 votes and John Jay with 38 votes.
[31]The New-York Journal, and Patriotic Register (New York, NY). May 12th lists George Clinton with 72 votes and John Jay with 30 votes.
[32]The New-York Journal, and Patriotic Register (New York, NY). May 12th lists George Clinton with 54 votes and John Jay with 55 votes.
[33]The New-York Journal, and Patriotic Register (New York, NY). May 12th lists George Clinton with 160 votes and John Jay with 10 votes.
[34]The New-York Journal, and Patriotic Register (New York, NY). May 12th lists George Clinton with 15 votes and John Jay with 25 votes.
[35]The Diary; or, Loudon's Register (New York, NY), June 1, spells the town of Bushwyck as "Bushwick."
[36]New-York Daily Gazette (New York, NY), June 2nd, The Diary; or, Loudon's Register (New York, NY), June 1st, and The New-York Journal, and Patriotic Register (New York, NY)., June 6, list 156 votes for John Jay in the Third Ward.
[37]New-York Daily Gazette (New York, NY) June 2nd list 64 votes for George Clinton in the Seventh Ward.
[38]"The Ballots from North Salem, in Westchester county, 65 in number; and also, those from Castle-Town and South Field, in Richmond county, 101 in number, were lost thro' want of legality in the return. exclusive of those lost votes, the whole number of votes in the Southern district are 4620 - of which Mr. Clinton has 2313, Mr. Jay 2175, Clinton Majority, 138." The Daily Advertiser (New York, NY). June 2, 1792.
[39]The New-York Daily Gazette (New York, NY), May 31st, and The Diary; or, Loudon's Register (New York, NY), May 31, list a town of "Washington" for the votes shown for Huntington.
[40]"The Ballots from North Salem, in Westchester county, 65 in number; and also, those from Castle-Town and South Field, in Richmond county, 101 in number, were lost thro' want of legality in the return. Exclusive of those lost votes, the whole number of votes in the Southern district are 4620 - of which Mr. Clinton has 2313, Mr. Jay 2175, Clinton Majority, 138." The Daily Advertiser (New York, NY). June 2, 1792.
[41]The Daily Advertiser (New York, NY) June 9 and the New-York Daily Gazette (New York, NY) June 12 list the town of Catskill as "Kats-Kill."
[42]The Diary; or, Loudon's Register (New York, NY), June 9, lists 24 votes for John Jay in Catskill.
[43]The Albany Gazette (Albany, NY), June 14, lists 7 votes for George Clinton in "Cattskill."
[44]The Daily Advertiser (New York, NY) June 9 and the New-York Daily Gazette (New York, NY) June 12 list the town of Cocsacke as "Cocksakie" and The Albany Gazette (Albany, NY), June 14, as "Coxsackie."
[45]The Daily Advertiser (New York, NY) June 9 and the New York Daily GAzette Jun 12 list the town of Coeymans as "Cocjamems."
[46]Some sources list Herkimer as "Herkemer."
[47]The Daily Advertiser June 12th spells Canajoharie as "Conajoharry" and the Diary, June 12, as "Canajoxharie."
[48]"Genesee, 59 votes lost, poll lists not signed by the inspectors. Jerusalem, 11 votes lost, one poll list only." The New-York Journal, and Patriotic Register (New York, NY). June 13, 1792.
[49]Votes rejected.
[50]Votes rejected.

References:

The Albany Gazette (Albany, NY). April 27, 1792.
The New-York Journal, and Patriotic Register (New York, NY). May 12, 1792.
The Daily Advertiser (New York, NY). May 30, 1792.
The New-York Journal, and Patriotic Register (New York, NY). May 30, 1792.
The Daily Advertiser (New York, NY). May 31, 1792.
The Diary; or, Loudon's Register (New York, NY). May 31, 1792.
New-York Daily Gazette (New York, NY). May 31, 1792.
The Daily Advertiser (New York, NY). June 1, 1792.
The Diary; or, Loudon's Register (New York, NY). June 1, 1792.
The Daily Advertiser (New York, NY). June 2, 1792.
The Diary; or, Loudon's Register (New York, NY). June 2, 1792.
New-York Daily Gazette (New York, NY). June 2, 1792.
The New-York Journal, and Patriotic Register (New York, NY). June 2, 1792.
The Weekly Museum (New York, NY) (New York, NY). June 2, 1792.
The Albany Gazette (Albany, NY). June 4, 1792.
The Daily Advertiser (New York, NY). June 4, 1792.
The Diary; or, Loudon's Register (New York, NY). June 4, 1792.
The Daily Advertiser (New York, NY). June 5, 1792.
The Diary; or, Loudon's Register (New York, NY). June 5, 1792.
The Goshen Repository, and Weekly Intelligencer (Goshen, NY). June 5, 1792.
The Daily Advertiser (New York, NY). June 6, 1792.
The Diary; or, Loudon's Register (New York, NY). June 6, 1792.
The New-York Journal, and Patriotic Register (New York, NY). June 6, 1792.
The Daily Advertiser (New York, NY). June 7, 1792.
The Diary; or, Loudon's Register (New York, NY). June 7, 1792.
The Daily Advertiser (New York, NY). June 8, 1792.
The Diary; or, Loudon's Register (New York, NY). June 8, 1792.
The Daily Advertiser (New York, NY). June 9, 1792.
The Diary; or, Loudon's Register (New York, NY). June 9, 1792.
The New-York Journal, and Patriotic Register (New York, NY). June 9, 1792.
The Diary; or, Loudon's Register (New York, NY). June 10, 1792.
The Albany Gazette (Albany, NY). June 11, 1792.
The Diary; or, Loudon's Register (New York, NY). June 11, 1792.
The Daily Advertiser (New York, NY). June 12 1792.
The Diary; or, Loudon's Register (New York, NY). June 12, 1792.
The Goshen Repository, and Weekly Intelligencer (Goshen, NY). June 12, 1792.
New-York Daily Gazette (New York, NY). June 12, 1792.
The New-York Journal, and Patriotic Register (New York, NY). June 13, 1792.
The Albany Gazette (Albany, NY). June 14, 1792.
The Poughkeepsie Journal (Poughkeepsie, NY). June 14, 1792.
American Spy (Lansingburgh, NY). June 15, 1792.
The Goshen Repository, and Weekly Intelligencer (Goshen, NY). June 19, 1792.
Onderdonk, Henry, Jr. Queens County in Olden Times. Jamaica, NY: Charles Welling, 1865. 80.
Schlesinger, Arthur M., Jr. and Linda K. Kerber. History of U.S. Political Parties. Vol. I: 1789-1860: From Factions to Parties. New York: Chelsea House, 1973. 10.
Young, Alfred F. The Democratic Republicans of New York: The Origins, 1763-1797. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1967. 304-323.

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