1928 New York gubernatorial election

← 1926 November 6, 1928 1930 →
Nominee Franklin D. Roosevelt Albert Ottinger
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 2,130,193 2,104,129
Percentage 48.96% 48.34%

County results

Roosevelt:      50-60%      60-70%

Ottinger:      50-60%      60-70%      70-80%

Governor before election

Al Smith

Elected Governor

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

The 1928 New York state elections were held on November 6, 1928, to elect the governor, the lieutenant governor, the state comptroller, the attorney general, a U.S. Senator and a judge[1] of the New York Court of Appeals, as well as all members of the New York State Assembly and the New York State Senate.


The Workers state convention met on June 10.[2]

The Socialist state convention met on July 15 at Albany, New York.[3]

The Republican state convention met on September 29 at Syracuse, New York.[4]

Democratic convention

The Democratic state convention met on October 2 at Rochester, New York.[5]

William Stormont Hackett, the mayor of Albany, had indicated to friends in late 1925 and early 1926 that he intended to enter the campaign for governor in 1928, presuming that Governor Al Smith won reelection in 1926 and made the presidential race in 1928.[6] As a result of Hackett's death in early 1926, the Democratic Party in New York next turned to Edwin Corning as their likely nominee for governor in 1928.[7] Corning was a leader of Daniel P. O'Connell's Democratic organization in Albany, and had been elected Lieutenant Governor in 1926.[8] However, Corning began to suffer health problems, and declined to become a candidate.[9] As a result of Hackett's death and Corning's poor health, in 1928 New York Democrats attempted to recruit several other prominent politicians to run, including Robert F. Wagner, George R. Lunn, and Peter G. Ten Eyck.[10] After those efforts failed, the party turned to Franklin D. Roosevelt to make the 1928 governor's race.[11] He was nominated by acclimation at the state party convention.[12]


Four Democrats and two Republicans were elected in a tight race.

The incumbents Tremaine and Copeland were re-elected.

The Democratic, Republican and Socialist parties maintained automatic ballot access, the Socialist Labor Party did not re-attain it, and the Workers Party did not attain it.

1928 state election results
Office Democratic ticket Republican ticket Socialist ticket Workers ticket Socialist Labor ticket
Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt 2,130,193 Albert Ottinger 2,104,129 Louis Waldman 101,859 William F. Dunne 10,741 Charles H. Corregan 4,213
Lieutenant Governor Herbert H. Lehman 2,078,921 Charles C. Lockwood 2,064,882 Herman J. Hahn[13] 105,806 Franklin P. Brill[14] 11,715 John E. DeLee[15] 5,198
Comptroller Morris S. Tremaine 2,053,971 Harry B. Crowley 2,038,306 Elizabeth C. Roth[16] 117,346 Lovett Fort-Whiteman 12,370 Henrietta Silver 6,733
Attorney General Albert Conway 2,014,769 Hamilton Ward Jr. 2,081,279 William Karlin 118,797 Juliet S. Poyntz 12,464 Simeon Bickwheat 5,701
Judge of the Court of Appeals Leonard C. Crouch 2,006,239 Irving G. Hubbs 2,067,046 Hezekiah D. Wilcox[17] 120,076
U.S. Senator Royal S. Copeland 2,084,273 Alanson B. Houghton 2,034,014 McAlister Coleman 111,208 Robert Minor 11,956 Henry Kuhn[18] 5,543

See also


  1. ^ to succeed William S. Andrews who would reach the constitutional age limit at the end of the year
  2. ^ REDS IN STATE CONVENTION in NYT on June 11, 1928 (subscription required)
  3. ^ SOCIALISTS DECLARE FOR WINES AND BEER.; ...WALDMAN FOR GOVERNOR in NYT on July 16, 1928 (subscription required)
  4. ^ STATE REPUBLICANS NAME OTTINGER AND HOUGHTON in NYT on September 30, 1928 (subscription required)
  5. ^ ROOSEVELT YIELDS TO SMITH AND HEADS STATE TICKET in NYT on October 3, 1928 (subscription required)
  6. ^ Mayor Erastus Corning: Albany Icon, Albany Enigma, pp. 64–65
  7. ^ Mayor Erastus Corning: Albany Icon, Albany Enigma, pp. 64–65
  8. ^ The Encyclopedia of New York State
  9. ^ Mayor Erastus Corning: Albany Icon, Albany Enigma, pp. 64–65
  10. ^ Oliver, D. Harold (September 4, 1928). "Will Announce Soon Smith's Speaking Tour". Star-Gazette. Elmira, NY. Associated Press. pp. 1, 13 – via Newspapers.com.
  11. ^ Mayor Erastus Corning: Albany Icon, Albany Enigma, pp. 64–65
  12. ^ Savage, Sean J. (1991). Roosevelt: The Party Leader, 1932–1945. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky. pp. 7–8. ISBN 978-0-8131-1755-3.
  13. ^ Rev. Herman J. Hahn, of Buffalo, ran also for U.S. Senator in 1938
  14. ^ Franklin P. Brill, of Buffalo, ran also in 1924 and 1926
  15. ^ John E. DeLee, ran also for Comptroller in 1920; for Lieutenant Governor in 1922 and 1926; and for Treasurer in 1924
  16. ^ Elizabeth C. Roth, of Buffalo, ran also for Lieutenant Governor in 1930; and for Comptroller in 1932
  17. ^ Hezekiah D. Wilcox (Jan 24., 1855 - Dec. 18, 1931), lawyer, of Elmira, ran also for the Court of Appeals in 1916, 1917, 1921 and 1927; and for Attorney General in 1918, 1922 and 1926; Obit in NYT on December 19, 1931. Wilcox was actually ineligible for this office, since he had passed already the constitutional age limit of 70 years.
  18. ^ Henry Kuhn, ran also for Secretary of State in 1910; for Attorney General in 1912; and for the U.S. Senate in 1922