Statewide Results
A Anti-Federalist 11,877 55.4% 46 D2,307
F Federalist 9,570 44.6% 19 D
  Total 21,447 100% 65 D

ELECTION NOTES.

  • Each vote for a candidate is counted here as 1/n of a vote for that candidate's party (Federalist or Anti-Federalist), n being the number of candidates a voter was entitled to vote for.
  • Federalists won in Kings, Richmond, and Suffolk, but no data are extant for these three counties.
  • The Anti-Federalists won in Clinton/Washington (which voted together), but no data are extant.
  • The Federalist totals for Orange County have not survived.
  • In New York County, the Federalist but not the Anti-Federalist sum is known; the latter can, however, be approximated.
    • A total of 2,836 ballots were cast for convention members. Accordingly, even if each voter voted for nine candidates, the Federalist sum of 24,298 votes would account for all but 1,226 of (what would then be) the total number of votes, 25,524. This establishes a hard ceiling for the Anti-Federalist sum, which divided by nine and rounded is 136.
    • Other hints in the data point to a figure well below this ceiling. Vote totals are reported for three Anti-Federalist candidates: Clinton 134, Willet 108, and Denning 102. "The remaining candidates held up, had not, we are informed, more than 30 votes each." New York Daily Advertiser (May 30, 1788). The figure of 58 (used here) is derived by adding to the three known Anti-Federalist totals six times thirty and then dividing by nine and rounding. However, it is not clear how many of these "remaining candidates" there were, nor is it certain that they were all Anti-Federalists.
  • In Ulster, a transcription of one letter gives 1,058 rather than 1,055 for Dirck Wynkoop. The 1,055 (used here) is from the New York Journal.

TABLE OF RESULTS.

Jurisdiction Anti-Federalist Federalist
Sum 11,877
55.4%
9,570
44.6%
Albany 4,671
7 64.1%
2,617
0 35.9%
Clinton 0
0 —%
0
0 —%
Columbia 1,854
3 55.5%
1,488
0 44.5%
Dutchess 1,750
7 66.5%
881
0 33.5%
Kings 0
0 —%
0
2 —%
Montgomery 1,187
6 59.9%
796
0 40.1%
New York 58
0 2.1%
2,700
9 97.9%
Orange 306
4 100.0%
0
0 0.0%
Queens 499
4 54.8%
411
0 45.2%
Richmond 0
0 —%
0
2 —%
Suffolk 0
5 —%
0
0 —%
Ulster 1,179
6 98.2%
22
0 1.8%
Washington 0
4 —%
0
0 —%
Westchester 373
0 36.3%
655
6 63.7%

DETAILED RESULTS.

Albany County
Anti-Federalist Sum 32,696
Anti-Federalist Average 4,671
John Lansing, Jr. 4,681
Henry Oothoudt 4,678
Dirck Swart 4,673
Peter Vrooman 4,671
Robert Yates 4,670
Israel Thomson 4,666
Abraham Ten Eyck 4,657
Federalist Sum 18,325
Federalist Average 2,617
Abraham Tenbroeck 2,627
Peter Gansevoort, Jr. 2,621
Jacob Cuyler 2,620
James Gordon 2,617
Francis Nicoll 2,617
Jeronemus Hoogland 2,613
John W. Schomerhorn 2,610
7,449 ballots
51,021 reported votes
Columbia County
Anti-Federalist Sum 5,561
Anti-Federalist Average 1,854
John Bay 1,863
Matthew Adgate 1,850
Peter Van Ness 1,848
Federalist Sum 4,463
Federalist Average 1,488
Henry Livingston 1,498
Peter Van Schaick 1,483
Jacob Ford 1,482
10,024 reported votes
Dutchess County
Anti-Federalist Sum 12,251
Anti-Federalist Average 1,750
Zephaniah Platt 1,765
Jacobus Swartwout 1,755
John De Witt 1,753
Gilbert Livingston 1,749
Ezra Thompson 1,749
Melancton Smith 1,748
Jonathan Akins 1,732
Federalist Sum 6,170
Federalist Average 881
Egbert Benson 892
Isaac I. Tallman 889
Joseph Crane 887
Robert Sands 885
Ebenezer Cary 883
Martin Wiltse 880
Richard D’Cantillon 854
18,421 reported votes
Montgomery County
Anti-Federalist Sum 7,122
Anti-Federalist Average 1,187
Christopher P. Yates 1,209
William Harper 1,206
John Winne 1,202
John Frey 1,201
Volkert Veeder 1,199
Henry Staring 1,105
Federalist Sum 4,777
Federalist Average 796
James Livingston 811
Abraham Van Vechten 806
Josiah Crane 805
Peter Schuyler 803
Abraham Arendt 796
Abraham Van Horne 756
11,899 reported votes
New York County
Federalist Sum 24,298
Federalist Average 2,700
John Jay 2,735
Richard Morris 2,716
Alexander Hamilton 2,713
John Sloss Hobart 2,713
Robert R. Livingston 2,712
Isaac Roosevelt 2,701
James Duane 2,680
Richard Harrison 2,677
Nicholas Low 2,651
Anti-Federalist Sum
Anti-Federalist Average
Gov. Clinton 134
Marrinus Willet 108
William Denning 102
[Others] No more than 30 each.
2,836 ballots
Orange County
Anti-Federalist Sum 1,224
Anti-Federalist Average 306
Jesse Woodhull 340
Henry Wisner 332
John Haring 331
John Wood 221
Queens County
Anti-Federalist Sum 1,995
Anti-Federalist Average 499
John Schenck 518
Samuel Jones 517
Nathaniel Lawrence 484
Stephen Carman 476
Federalist Sum 1,643
Federalist Average 411
Francis Lewis 416
Prior Townsend 415
Hendrick Onderdonk 411
Isaac Ledyard 401
3,638 reported votes
Ulster County
Anti-Federalist Sum 7,072
Anti-Federalist Average 1,179
George Clinton 1,372
Ebenezer Clark 1,356
John Cantine 1,339
Dirck Wynkoop 1,055 (see note)
Cornelius C. Schoomaker 1,045
James Clinton 905
Federalist Sum 132
Federalist Sum Divided by Six 22
Johannes Bruyn 68
Jacobus S. Bruyn 35
Cornelius T. Jensen 29
Westchester County
Federalist Sum 3,930
Federalist Average 655
Philip Van Cortlandt 694
Lewis Morris 676
Richard Hatfield 672
Philip Livingston 660
Thaddeus Crane 618
Lot Searls 610
Anti-Federalist Sum 2,242
Anti-Federalist Average 373
Jonathan G. Tompkins 399
Samuel Drake 389
Stephen Ward 389
Abijah Gilbert 387
Ebenezer Purdy 374
Philip Pell, Jr. 304
6,172 reported votes

NOTE ON THE DATA.

These data are drawn from contemporary sources, mostly newspaper reports; see the Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution, Vol. XXI (John P. Kaminski, ed., 2005) (hereafter 21 DHRC), for transcriptions.

Albany County:
Letter of Matthew Visscher, 30 May 1788,
   21 DHRC 1417-1418, n1.
Printing of Election Results, 2-9 June 1788,
   ed. note, 21 DHRC 1418-1419.

Columbia County:
New York Journal, 5 June 1788,
   21 DHRC 1438.

Dutchess County:
Poughkeepsie Country Journal, 3 June 1788,
   21 DHRC 1466.

Montgomery County:
New York Journal, 5 June 1788,
   21 DHRC 1480.

New York County:
New York Daily Advertiser, 30 May 1788,
   21 DHRC 1525-1526.
New York Journal, 7 June 1788,
   21 DHRC 1529.

Orange County:
New York Daily Advertiser, 14 June 1788,
   21 DHRC 1530.

Queens County:
New York Daily Advertiser, 7 June 1788,
   21 DHRC 1531-1532.

Ulster County:
New York Journal, 3 June 1788,
   21 DHRC 1571.

Westchester County:
New York Daily Advertiser, 3 June 1788,
   21 DHRC 1579.