112th New York State Legislature

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112th New York State Legislature
111th 113th
The facade of the New York State Capitol building in bright daylight
Jurisdiction New York, United States
Term January 1 – December 31, 1889
Members 32
President Lt. Gov. Edward F. Jones (D)
Temporary President Jacob Sloat Fassett (R)
Party control Republican (20-12)
Members 128
Speaker Fremont Cole (R)
Party control Republican (79-49)
1st January 1 – May 16, 1889

The 112th New York State Legislature, consisting of the New York State Senate and the New York State Assembly, met from January 1 to May 16, 1889, during the fifth year of David B. Hill's governorship, in Albany.


Under the provisions of the New York Constitution of 1846, 32 Senators and 128 assemblymen were elected in single-seat districts; senators for a two-year term, assemblymen for a one-year term. The senatorial districts were made up of entire counties, except New York County (seven districts) and Kings County (three districts). The Assembly districts were made up of entire towns, or city wards,[1] forming a contiguous area, all within the same county.

At this time there were two major political parties: the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. The "United Labor" organization endorsed the Republican nominee for governor Warner Miller, but nominated own candidates for the other offices. The Prohibition Party and the Socialist Labor Party also nominated state tickets.


The New York state election, 1888 was held on November 6. Gov. David B. Hill and Lt. Gov. Edward F. Jones (both Dem.) were re-elected. The only other statewide elective office up for election was also carried by a Democrat. The approximate party strength at this election, as expressed by the vote for governor, was: Democrats 650,000; Republicans/United Labor 631,000; Prohibition 30,000; and Socialist Labor 3,500.


The Legislature met for the regular session at the State Capitol in Albany on January 1, 1889; and adjourned on May 16.

Fremont Cole (R) was re-elected Speaker with 76 votes against 47 for William F. Sheehan (D).

Jacob Sloat Fassett (R) was elected President pro tempore of the State Senate.

On January 18, a grand jury in Albany refused to indict Assemblyman Charles Smith for perjury. The New York City Reform Club had accused Smith of having obtained his election by buying votes.[2]

State Senate[edit]


Note: There are now 62 counties in the State of New York. The counties which are not mentioned in this list had not yet been established, or sufficiently organized, the area being included in one or more of the abovementioned counties.


The asterisk (*) denotes members of the previous Legislature who continued in office as members of this Legislature.

District Senator Party Notes
1st Simeon S. Hawkins* Republican
2nd James F. Pierce* Democrat
3rd Eugene F. O'Connor* Republican
4th Jacob Worth* Republican
5th Michael C. Murphy* Democrat
6th Thomas F. Grady Democrat elected on December 28, 1888, to fill vacancy,
in place of Edward F. Reilly[3]
7th George F. Langbein* Democrat
8th Cornelius Van Cott* Republican seat vacated on May 1, upon taking
office as Postmaster of New York City
9th Charles A. Stadler* Democrat
10th Jacob A. Cantor* Democrat Minority Leader
11th Eugene S. Ives* Democrat
12th William H. Robertson* Republican
13th vacant Henry R. Low (R) died on December 1, 1888
Peter Ward Democrat elected on January 29, 1889, to fill vacancy[4]
14th John J. Linson* Democrat
15th Gilbert A. Deane* Republican
16th Michael F. Collins* Democrat
17th Henry Russell* Republican
18th John Foley* Democrat
19th Rowland C. Kellogg* Republican
20th George Z. Erwin* Republican
21st George B. Sloan* Republican
22nd Henry J. Coggeshall* Republican
23rd Frank B. Arnold* Republican
24th William Lewis* Republican
25th Francis Hendricks* Republican
26th William L. Sweet* Republican
27th J. Sloat Fassett* Republican elected President pro tempore
28th John Raines* Republican
29th Donald McNaughton* Democrat
30th Edward C. Walker* Republican
31st John Laughlin* Republican
32nd Commodore P. Vedder* Republican


  • Clerk: John S. Kenyon
  • Sergeant-at-Arms: John W. Corning
  • Doorkeeper: Charles V. Schram
  • Assistant Doorkeeper: Hiram Van Tassel
  • Stenographer: Harris A. Corell

State Assembly[edit]


The asterisk (*) denotes members of the previous Legislature who continued as members of this Legislature.

District Assemblymen Party Notes
Albany 1st Jervis L. Miller Democrat
2nd Vreeland H. Youngman* Republican
3rd Galen R. Hitt Democrat
4th William Burton LeRoy Republican
Allegany Albert B. Cottrell* Republican
Broome Alonzo D. Lewis* Republican
Cattaraugus 1st George N. West Republican
2nd James S. Whipple* Republican
Cayuga 1st John E. Savery* Republican
2nd Leander Fitts Republican
Chautauqua 1st S. Frederick Nixon* Republican
2nd George E. Towne Republican
Chemung Robert P. Bush* Democrat
Chenango Edgar A. Pearsall Republican
Clinton Stephen Moffitt Republican
Columbia William Dinehart* Republican
Cortland Rufus T. Peck Republican
Delaware George O. Mead Republican
Dutchess 1st Willard H. Mase* Republican
2nd Johnston de Peyster Republican
Erie 1st William F. Sheehan* Democrat Minority Leader
2nd Matthias Endres* Democrat
3rd Leroy Andrus Republican
4th Henry H. Guenther* Democrat
5th Amos H. Baker Republican
Essex Thomas J. Treadway Republican
Franklin William C. Stevens Republican
Fulton and Hamilton Lewis Brownell* Republican
Genesee John M. McKenzie* Republican
Greene Francis G. Walters Republican
Herkimer DeWitt J. Mesick Republican
Jefferson 1st Henry J. Lane Republican
2nd Andrew C. Comstock* Republican
Kings 1st Robert H. Miley Democrat
2nd William H. McLaughlin* Democrat
3rd Peter K. McCann* Democrat
4th Henry F. Haggerty* Democrat
5th John Kelly Democrat
6th Patrick H. McCarren Democrat
7th Adam Schaaff Democrat
8th William Blanchfield Democrat
9th Frank Sperry Republican
10th John B. Longley* Democrat
11th Joseph Aspinall* Republican
12th James P. Graham Democrat
Lewis Hugh Hughes* Republican
Livingston Jotham Clark* Republican
Madison Charles E. Maynard* Republican
Monroe 1st Judson F. Sheldon Republican
2nd Joseph Bauer Republican
3rd Edwin A. Loder Republican
Montgomery W. Barlow Dunlap Republican
New York 1st Patrick H. Duffy Democrat
2nd Timothy D. Sullivan* Democrat
3rd Thomas Smith, Jr.* Democrat
4th Jeremiah Hayes* Democrat
5th Dominick F. Mullaney Democrat
6th Charles P. Blake Democrat
7th Francis V. King Republican
8th Charles Smith Republican
9th John Martin* Democrat
10th George F. Roesch* Democrat
11th Robert Ray Hamilton* Republican
12th Moses Dinkelspiel Democrat
13th Frederick S. Gibbs Republican
14th Thomas J. Creamer Democrat
15th Frederick Haffner Democrat
16th Edward P. Hagan* Democrat
17th John Kerrigan Democrat
18th William H. Newschafer Democrat
19th John Connelly* Democrat
20th William H. Hornidge* Democrat
21st Ernest H. Crosby* Republican
22nd Joseph Blumenthal* Democrat
23rd Augustus Strassburg Democrat
24th Christopher C. Clarke Democrat
Niagara 1st John F. Little Republican
2nd J. Marville Harwood Democrat
Oneida 1st Joseph Harry Kent* Democrat
2nd George G. McAdam* Republican
3rd Abisha B. Baker Republican
Onondaga 1st James W. Upson Republican
2nd William H. Gallup* Republican
3rd Walter W. Cheney* Republican
Ontario Robert Moody* Republican
Orange 1st John C. Adams* Republican
2nd George W. Greene* Democrat
Orleans Ira Edwards* Republican
Oswego 1st S. Mortimer Coon* Republican
2nd Danforth E. Ainsworth* Republican
Otsego 1st William E. Dante[5] Republican
2nd Walter L. Brown* Republican
Putnam Hamilton Fish II Republican
Queens 1st Solomon S. Townsend Democrat
2nd Philip T. Cronin Democrat
Rensselaer 1st George O'Neil* Democrat
2nd Joseph S. Saunders Republican
3rd James Ryan, Jr.* Democrat
Richmond Hubbard R. Yetman Democrat
Rockland Frank P. Demarest* Democrat
St. Lawrence 1st N. Martin Curtis* Republican
2nd William H. Kimball* Republican
3rd Michael H. Flaherty* Republican
Saratoga 1st Harvey J. Donaldson* Republican
2nd George S. Batcheller Republican seat vacated on April 1, upon appointment
as Assistant U.S. Secretary of the Treasury
Schenectady Austin A. Yates*[6] Republican
Schoharie J. Edward Young Democrat
Schuyler Fremont Cole* Republican re-elected Speaker
Seneca William Harrison Dunham Democrat
Steuben 1st Charles H. McMaster Republican
2nd Milo M. Acker* Republican
Suffolk Henry E. Huntting* Republican
Sullivan Martin A. Smith* Republican
Tioga Abram I. Decker Republican
Tompkins Frank J. Enz* Republican
Ulster 1st George A. Davidson Republican
2nd Jacob Rice Democrat
3rd George H. Bush Democrat
Warren Scott Barton Republican
Washington 1st Charles W. Larmon Republican
2nd William H. Tefft Republican
Wayne 1st Charles T. Saxton* Republican
2nd Richard P. Groat Republican
Westchester 1st William Murray Democrat
2nd Bradford Rhodes* Republican
3rd James W. Husted* Republican
Wyoming Greenleaf S. Van Gorder* Republican
Yates William A. Carson Republican


  • Clerk: Charles A. Chickering
  • Sergeant-at-Arms: Owel H. Willard
  • Doorkeeper: Homer B. Webb
  • First Assistant Doorkeeper: John R. Harlow
  • Second Assistant Doorkeeper: W. B. Clark
  • Stenographer: George H. Thornton


  1. ^ Except New York City where the wards were apportioned into election districts, and then some whole wards and some election districts of other wards were gerrymandered together into Assembly districts.
  2. ^ JUSTICE FAILS ONCE MORE in NYT on January 19, 1889
  3. ^ HILL'S MAN ELECTED in NYT on December 29, 1888
  4. ^ SENATOR LOW'S SUCCESSOR in NYT on January 30, 1889
  5. ^ William E. Dante (1851–1937), see entry at Find a Grave
  6. ^ Austin Andrew Yates (born 1836), nephew of Gov. Joseph C. Yates


  • The New York Red Book compiled by Edgar L. Murlin (published by James B. Lyon, Albany NY, 1897; see pg. 384f for senate districts; pg. 403 for senators; pg. 410–417 for Assembly districts; and pg. 507 for assemblymen)
  • THE STATE LEGISLATURE in NYT on January 2, 1889
  • THE EXCISE BILL PASSED in the New York Press on April 4, 1889