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134th New York State Legislature

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Members  51
Party control  Democratic (30-21)
Temporary President  Robert F. Wagner (D)
134th New York State Legislature
Jurisdiction  New York, United States
Term  January 1 – December 31, 1911
President  Lt. Gov. Thomas F. Conway (D)

The 134th New York State Legislature, consisting of the New York State Senate and the New York State Assembly, met from January 4 to October 6, 1911, during the first year of John Alden Dix's governorship, in Albany.



Under the provisions of the New York Constitution of 1894, re-apportioned in 1906 and 1907, 51 Senators and 150 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 (twelve districts), Kings County (eight districts), Erie County (three districts) and Monroe County (two districts). The Assembly districts were made up of contiguous area, all within the same county.

At this time there were two major political parties: the Republican Party and the Democratic Party. The Socialist Party, the Independence League, the Prohibition Party and the Socialist Labor Party also nominated tickets.


The New York state election, 1910, was held on November 8. John Alden Dix and Thomas F. Conway were elected Governor and Lieutenant Governor; both Democrats. Of the other seven statewide elective offices up for election, five were carried by the Democrats, and two cross-endorsed incumbent judges of the Court of Appeals were re-elected. The approximate party strength at this election, as expressed by the vote for governor, was: Democrats 690,000; Republicans 622,000; Socialists 49,000; Independence League 48,000; Prohibition 22,000; and Socialist Labor 6,000.


The Legislature met for the regular session at the State Capitol in Albany on January 4, 1911; and adjourned on October 6.

Daniel D. Frisbie (D) was elected Speaker with 84 votes against 62 for Edwin A. Merritt, Jr. (R).

Robert F. Wagner (D) was elected President pro tempore of the State Senate.

On January 17, the Legislature began proceedings to elect a U.S. Senator from New York for a six-year term beginning on March 4, 1911.

On January 19, Governor of Minnesota Adolph Olson Eberhart addressed the members of the Assembly.

On February 6, Ex-Governor of North Carolina Robert Broadnax Glenn addressed the members of the Assembly.

On February 7, the Legislature elected Abram I. Elkus to succeed Edward Lauterbach as a Regent of the University of the State of New York, for a twelve-year term beginning on April 1, 1911.

On February 8, Daniel E. Sickles, at the time the oldest living former assemblyman (a member in 1847), addressed the members of the Assembly.

On March 9, UK Ambassador to the U.S. James Bryce addressed the members of the Senate and Assembly.

During the small hours of March 29, a fire broke out in the New York State Capitol, consuming most of the West Wing, and destroying almost completely the State Library and Archives. The Legislature moved to temporary quarters in the Albany City Hall.

On March 31, after 74 days of deadlock, the Legislature elected New York Supreme Court Justice James A. O'Gorman (D) to succeed U.S. Senator Chauncey M. Depew (R). Afterwards the Legislature took a recess of two weeks while the Capitol was being repaired.

On April 17, the Legislature met again at the State Capitol to resume the legislative business which had been delayed by the deadlocked U.S. Senate election.

On July 21, the Legislature took a recess, and met again on September 6. Clerk of the Assembly Luke McHenry had become ill, and George R. Van Namee was designated to act as Clerk. McHenry died on September 17, and Van Namee was chosen to succeed to the clerkship.


The asterisk (*) denotes members of the previous Legislature who continued in office as members of this Legislature. Felix J. Sanner, Loren H. White and J. Henry Walters changed from the Assembly to the Senate.


  • Clerk: Patrick E. McCabe
  • Sergeant-at-Arms: James McMahon
  • Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms: August Gerritson
  • Principal Doorkeeper: Fred W. Theobold
  • Assistant Doorkeeper: Thomas Nolan
  • Stenographer: William E. Reynolds
  • State Assembly

    Note: For brevity, the chairmanships omit the words "...the Committee on (the)..."


  • Clerk: Luke McHenry, died September 17
  • George R. Van Namee, acting from September 6
  • Sergeant-at-Arms: Lee F. Betts
  • Principal Doorkeeper: Joseph Hurley, until January 24
  • Peter J. O'Neil, from January 24
  • First Assistant Doorkeeper: Edward Bourne
  • Second Assistant Doorkeeper: Edward Murphy
  • Stenographer: Josiah B. Everts
  • References

    134th New York State Legislature Wikipedia

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