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| New York, United States|
January 1 – December 31, 1874
Lt. Gov. John C. Robinson (R)
William H. Robertson (R)
The 97th New York State Legislature, consisting of the New York State Senate and the New York State Assembly, met from January 6 to April 30, 1874, during the second year of John A. Dix's governorship, in Albany.
97th New York State Legislature Wikipedia
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 (five 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 Republican Party and the Democratic Party. The Liberal Republican Party also nominated a ticket.
The New York state election, 1873 was held on November 4. The statewide elective offices up for election were carried by five Democrats and two Republicans, all of which had been nominated also on the Liberal Republican ticket.
The Legislature met for the regular session at the Old State Capitol in Albany on January 6, 1874; and adjourned on April 30.
James W. Husted (R) was elected Speaker against Smith M. Weed (D).
On April 7, the Legislature elected Neil Gilmour as Superintendent of Public Instructions, with 87 votes against 51 for Abram B. Weaver, to succeed Weaver for a term of three years.
The asterisk (*) denotes members of the previous Legislature who continued in office as members of this Legislature. John C. Jacobs, Frank Abbott, Benjamin Ray and Franklin W. Tobey changed from the Assembly to the Senate.Clerk: Henry A. Glidden
Sergeant-at-Arms: Daniel K. Schram
Doorkeeper: Frederick M. Burton
The asterisk (*) denotes members of the previous Legislature who continued as members of this Legislature.Clerk: John O'Donnell
Sergeant-at-Arms: Frederick C. Fiske
Doorkeeper: Eugene L. Demers
Assistant Doorkeeper: James Hogan
Assistant Doorkeeper: Michael Maher
Stenographer: Worden E. Payne