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82nd New York State Legislature

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Members  32
Party control  Republican (17-13-2)
82nd New York State Legislature
Jurisdiction  New York, United States
Term  January 1 – December 31, 1859
President  Lt. Gov. Robert Campbell (R)
Temporary President  William A. Wheeler (R), from January 18

The 82nd New York State Legislature, consisting of the New York State Senate and the New York State Assembly, met from January 4 to April 19, 1859, during the first year of Edwin D. Morgan'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 (four districts) and Kings County (two districts). The Assembly districts were made up of entire towns, or city wards, 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 Know Nothing movement ran in the election as the "American Party."


The New York state election, 1858 was held on November 2. Republicans Edwin D. Morgan and Robert Campbell were elected Governor and Lieutenant Governor. The other two statewide elective offices were also carried by the Republicans. The approximate party strength at this election, as expressed by the vote for Governor was: Republican 248,000; Democratic 230,000; and American 61,000.


The Legislature met for the regular session at the Old State Capitol in Albany on January 4, 1859; and adjourned on April 19.

DeWitt C. Littlejohn (R) was again elected Speaker with 90 votes against 28 for John W. Chanler (D) and 6 for Chauncey Boughton (A).

On January 18, William A. Wheeler (R) was elected President pro tempore of the State Senate.


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


  • Clerk: Samuel P. Allen
  • Deputy Clerk: Henry J. Sickles
  • Sergeant-at-Arms: Henry W. Dwight
  • Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms: Simeon Dillingham
  • Doorkeeper: Richard U. Owens
  • First Assistant Doorkeeper: Henry W. Shipman
  • Second Assistant Doorkeeper: Samuel Ten Eyck
  • Third Assistant Doorkeeper: James P. Clark
  • Journal Clerk: James Terwilliger
  • Engrossing Clerks: A. N. Cole, Charles G. Fairman
  • Assemblymen

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

    Party affiliations follow the vote for Speaker.


  • Clerk: William Richardson
  • Sergeant-at-Arms: Daniel M. Prescott
  • Doorkeeper: George C. Dennis
  • First Assistant Doorkeeper:
  • Second Assistant Doorkeeper:
  • References

    82nd New York State Legislature Wikipedia

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