1930 New York gubernatorial election

← 1928 November 4, 1930 1932 →
Nominee Franklin D. Roosevelt Charles H. Tuttle Robert P.
Party Democratic Republican Law Preservation
Popular vote 1,770,342 1,045,341 190,666
Percentage 56.49% 33.36% 6.08%

County results
Roosevelt:      30–40%      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%
Tuttle:      30–40%      40–50%      50–60%
Carroll:      30–40%

Governor before election

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Elected Governor

Franklin D. Roosevelt

The 1930 New York state election was held on November 4, 1930, to elect the governor, the lieutenant governor, the state comptroller, the attorney general 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 Communist state convention met on May 25, and nominated for Governor William Z. Foster who was at the time in jail.[2]

The Socialist state convention met on July 20 at Schenectady, New York, and nominated again Louis Waldman for governor.[3]

After the enactment of Prohibition, the Prohibition Party had seemingly lost its reason to exist. The party had polled less than 10,000 votes and lost its automatic ballot access, and had not run in 1924. In 1926, the Prohibitionists got on the ballot by filing petitions and campaigned for "Independent Republican" Cristman who was nominated for U.S. Senator by the "dry" faction of the Republican Party. Their own candidate for governor had polled only a little more than 20,000 votes, not enough to get ballot access, but the openly "wet" incumbent Senator Wadsworth had been defeated. At the same time a referendum was supported by about 90% of the voters to recommend to Congress to change the Volstead Act. The Prohibitionist had not run a ticket in 1928, but now, alarmed by the massive growth of the movement against Prohibition, they emerged again under the name of Law Preservation Party, trying to stem the tide. Twenty representatives of "dry" organizations met at the headquarters of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union and nominated Dr. Robert Paris Carroll, a Syracuse University professor, for governor without any running mates.[4]

The Republican state convention met on September 28 at Albany, New York, and nominated U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Charles H. Tuttle for governor.[5]

The Democratic state convention met on September 30 at Syracuse, New York, and re-nominated the incumbent governor, Franklin D. Roosevelt.[6]


The whole Democratic ticket was elected in a landslide.

The incumbents Roosevelt, Lehman, Tremaine and Pound were re-elected.

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

1930 state election results
Office Democratic ticket Republican ticket Law Preservation ticket Socialist ticket Communist ticket Socialist Labor ticket
Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt 1,770,342 Charles H. Tuttle 1,045,341 Robert P. Carroll 190,666 Louis Waldman 120,444 William Z. Foster 18,034 Jeremiah D. Crowley[7] 9,096
Lieutenant Governor Herbert H. Lehman 1,735,064 Caleb H. Baumes 1,173,159 (none) Elizabeth C. Roth[8] 121,013 J. Louis Engdahl 18,527 Charles M. Carlson 10,171
Comptroller Morris S. Tremaine 1,609,092 Daniel H. Conway 1,247,858 (none) William H. Hilsdorf 133,407 Franklin P. Brill[9] 18,788 John E. DeLee[10] 10,134
Attorney General John J. Bennett Jr. 1,584,541 Isadore Bookstein 1,275,568 (none) William Karlin 132,712 Richard B. Moore 19,539 August Gillhaus 9,639
Judge of the Court of Appeals Cuthbert W. Pound Cuthbert W. Pound 2,802,950 (none) Darwin J. Meserole[11] 139,852 Belle J. Rosen 13,603


  1. ^ to succeed Cuthbert W. Pound whose term would expire at the end of the year
  2. ^ "Reds Pick Foster, in Jail, As Candidate for Governor". The New York Times. May 26, 1930. (subscription required)
  3. ^ "Waldman to Head Socialist Ticket". The New York Times. July 21, 1930. (subscription required)
  4. ^ "Dr. Carroll to Head State Dry Ticket". The New York Times. September 30, 1930. (subscription required)
  5. ^ "Cheer Tuttle 18 Minutes". The New York Times. September 29, 1930 (subscription required)
  6. ^ "Roosevelt Nominated by Acclamation" The New York Times. October 1, 1930 (subscription required)
  7. ^ 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, 1922 and 1926
  8. ^ Elizabeth C. Roth, of Buffalo, ran also for Comptroller in 1928 and 1932
  9. ^ Franklin P. Brill, of Buffalo, ran also for Lieutenant Governor in 1924, 1926 and 1928
  10. ^ John E. DeLee, ran also for Comptroller in 1920; for Lieutenant Governor in 1922, 1926 and 1928; and for Treasurer in 1924
  11. ^ Darwin J. Meserole, ran also for Attorney General in 1920; and for Chief Judge in 1926

Vote Totals-New York Red Book 1931

See also