Several people from Lansingburgh ran as candidates of the Socialist Party (1901-1972) or its predecessor the Social Democratic Party (1898-1901), and at least a few Socialist Party meetings were held in Lansingburgh. Norman Mattoon Thomas (1884-1968) who spoke at Dania Hall in Lansingburgh on October 27, 1913 would become the Socialist Party’s candidate for many offices including New York State Governor in 1924, and United States President in 1928, 1932, 1936, 1940, 1944, and 1948.

The Encyclopedia of New York State, listing “Third Parties in New York State, 1900-2002,” noted the party to have had ballot access as the Social Democratic Party for 1900-1904 and as the Socialist Party for 1906-1944, 1948, and 1952.


Name of Candidate. Residence. Place of Business. Office to be Filled. […]
SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC TICKET

GEORGE C. LEWIS… 477 5th Ave., Upper Troy, N. Y. … 477 5th Ave., Upper Troy, N. Y. … Senator. […]
WILLIAM JOHANSEN… 270 3d Ave., Upper Troy, N. Y. … 270 3d Ave., Upper Troy, N. Y. … County Clerk. […]
CHRISTIAN PEETS… 504 6th [106th] Ave., Upper Troy, N. Y. … 504 6th [106th] Ave., Upper Troy, N. Y. … Supervisor, Sixteenth Ward.
JAMES FRAZER… 14 15th [115th] St., Upper Troy, N. Y. … 14 15th [115th] St., Upper Troy, N. Y. … Alderman, Sixteenth Ward.
Troy Times. November 4, 1901: 5.

—The Social Democratic party of Upper Troy will hold a meeting Wednesday evening at Dania Hall. An address will be delivered by William Nugent.
“Upper Troy.” Troy Times. April 15, 1902: 4 col 2.

—There will be an open-air meeting of the Social Democratic party at the corner of Fifth Avenue and [One Hundred] Twelfth Street to-night. C. Becker will speak on the [Cripple Creek] Colorado strike and its relation to Socialism.
“Upper Troy.” Troy Times. June 15, 1904: 5 col 2.

Candidates Nominated by the Socialist Party

Name of Candidate Place of Residence of Candidate Place of Business of Candidate Title of Office
LOUIS W. JOHNSON….. 809 7th Ave., Upper Troy, N. Y. … 809 7th Ave., Upper Troy, N. Y. … Member of Assembly, First District… […]
CITY OF TROY […]

GEORGE C. LEWIS… 858 6th Ave., Upper Troy, N. Y. … 858 6th Ave., Upper Troy, Troy, N. Y. … Assessor
Troy Times. November 4, 1907: 11.

Candidates Nominated by the Socialist Party

Name of Candidate Place of Residence of Candidate Place of Business of Candidate Title of Office […]
THOMAS A. RICHARDS … 5 2nd [102nd] St., Upper Troy, N. Y. … Senator …
Troy Times. October 26, 1908: 11.

—Inasmuch as the Socialist party has nominated Thomas A. Richards for both Alderman and Supervisor. Mr. Richards will have to select which office he prefers. He cannot hold both.
“Political Notes.” Troy Times. September 23, 1911: 5 col 2.

Election Expenses. […]

None of the Socialists candidates—John Long, for Mayor; Crawford J. Walker, for Comptroller, and Thomas A. Richardson, for Alderman of the Fifteenth Ward—spent anything, according to their certificates.
Troy Times. November 14, 1911: 3 col 4.

Socialist Party Troubles.

Fred C. Phoenix resigned from the Socialist party last night at the Odd Fellows’ Hall in Lansingburgh.
Troy Times. August 20, 1912: col 6.

Candidates Nominated by the Socialist Party.

NAME OF CANDIDATE. Title of Office. Place of Residence of Candidate. Place of Business of Candidate.
[…]
JOHN Q. REYNOLDS … Representative in Congress for 29th District … 243 Sixth Ave., N. E., Troy, N. Y. […]
WALTER B. CORBN … Assemblyman, 2d Assembly District … 29 Gurley Ave., Troy, N. Y.
Troy Times. October 29, 1912:

Socialistic Meeting.

John Middlebrook, candidate for Alderman of the Fifteenth Ward, presided at the meeting of the Socialists of the three Lansingburgh wards, which was held at Dania Hall yesterday afternoon. John Long, Socialist candidate for Mayor, was the first speaker. He told the audience, which was a large one in spite of the rainy weather, what the Socialists would do if elected to office in Troy. He attacked the traction problem, saying that “there was a law limiting the number of cattle and hogs which might be crowded into a car, but that the people’s patience was the only limit to the number of human cattle that might be crowded into a street car. He said the municipalization of street railway lines should interest the army of Trojan strap hangers.” Norman M. Thomas of Schenectady, the principal speaker, took as his subject, “Socialism and the City.” He drew many of his illustrations from the workings of the Schenectady Socialist administration.
Troy Times. October 27, 1913: 6 col 3.

Candidates Nominated by the Socialist Party

Name of Candidate Place of Residence of Candidate Place of Business of Candidate Title of Office
CHARLES YERGER… Coroner… 35 Tenth Street, North Troy, N. Y. … […]
MICHAEL T. PAGE… Assessor… 813 Seventh Avenue, North Troy, N. Y. …
THEODORE STREICHERT… Assessor… 434 Eighth Avenue, North Troy, N. Y. … […]
JOHN MIDDLEBROOK …Supervisor, Fifteenth Ward… 121 Fifth Avenue, Troy, N. Y. …
THEODORE CHRISTENSEN Supervisor, Sixteenth Ward… 493 Eighth Avenue, Troy, N. Y. …
SETH M. MORRISON, Alderman, Sixteenth Ward… 518 Eighth Avenue, Troy, N. Y. …
FRED RATHKA, Supervisor, Seventeenth Ward… 6 [One Hundred] Twenty-sixth Street, Troy, N. Y. …
MILFORD BAXTER, Alderman, Seventeenth Ward… [?] Fourth Avenue, Troy, N. Y. …
Troy Times. November 2, 1913: 13.

CANDIDATES NOMINATED BY THE SOCIALIST PARTY.
NAME OF CANDIDATE. Title of Office. Address. […]
WALTER B. CORBIN … State Senator, 29th Dist. … 653 5th Ave., No. Troy, […]
FRED RATHKA … Sheriff … 6 26th [126th] St., Troy, N. Y.
Troy Times. November 2, 1914: 12.

An address on “Socialism and Suffrage,” with a special discussion of some of the testimony given before the Federal Relations Commission and its relation to the “votes for women” propaganda, will be given by Mrs. Mary G. Schoenberg, woman’s correspondent of the Socialist Party of the state of New York, at Lansing’s Grove, Hudson and Lansing Avenues, Lansingburgh, Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock. Mrs. Schoenberg will speak in Watervliet at Broadway and Sixteenth Street this evening, and will talk at the corner of State and Third Streets, Troy, to-morrow evening. Her subject will be “The Working Class and the Vote.”
“City Notes.” Troy Daily Times. August 20, 1915: 5 col 1.

CANDIDATES NOMINATED BY THE SOCIALIST PARTY
Title of Office. Name of Candidate. Residence. […]
Member of Assembly, 1st District … WALTER B. CORBIN … 653 5TH Ave., Troy. […]
Comptroller … MILTFORD BAXTER … 791 ast Ave., Troy. […]
Assessor … CARL F. JENSEN … 566 4th Ave., N. Troy.
Supervisor, 1st Ward … MORRIS BICKWEAT … 652 5th Ave., N. Troy.[…]
Supervisor, 16th Ward … JOHN OLSEN … [Democrat]
Alderman, 16th Ward … WILLIAM J. O’NEIL … [Democrat]
Troy Daily Times. November 1, 1915: 15.

Candidates Nominated By the Socialist Party.

Name of Candidate. Residence. Place of Business. Office to be Filled. […]
City Offices, Troy

WALTER B. CORBIN … Mayor … 653 5th Ave., No. Troy … 653 5th Ave., No. Troy […]
MILTFORD BAXTER … Police Justice … 691 1st Ave., N. Troy … Lansing Theatre, 2d Ave., N. Troy … […]
JOSEPH S. SHUDT [Democrat] … Supervisor, 16th Ward …
EDWARD J. FLYNN [Democrat] … Alderman, 16th Ward …
Troy Times. November 2, 1917: 25.

THE OFFICIAL VOTE. […]
CITY OF TROY.

Mayor—George T. Morris, Rep.. 6,750; Cornelius F. Burns, Dem. 8,935; Walter B. Corbin, Soc., 414; Samuel W. Tomlinson, Pro., [83?]; scattering, 1.[…]
Police Justice—John W. Roberts, Rep., 6,663; James F. Byron, Dem., 8,816; Milford Baxter, Soc., 433.
Troy Times. November 26, 1917: 8 col 3.

Candidates Nominated By the Socialist Party.

Name of Candidates. Office to be Filled. Residence. […]
W. B. CORBIN … Member of Assembly, 2d District … 127 2nd St. [sic], Troy …
Troy Times. October 30, 1918: 12.

Candidates Nominated By the Socialist Party.

Name of Candidate. Residence. Place of Business. Office to be Filled.
WALTER B. CORBIN … 127 Second Ave. … 127 Second Ave. … Member of Assembly, 1st Dist.
Troy Times. October 21, 1919: 2.

Candidates Nominated by Socialist Party […]

NAME OF CANDIDATE. Title of Office. Place of Residence. Place of Business.
[…]
WALTER B. CORBIN … Member of Assembly, 1st District … 127 2nd Avenue, Troy … None.
Troy Times. October 25, 1920: 17.

Socialist Vote in Troy.

Eugene V. Debs, the Socialist candidate for President, received a total of 1,340 votes in the city of Troy, together with a scattering of votes throughout the county; while the socialist candidate for Governor, Joseph P. Cannon, ran somewhat behind, with a total of 1,094. The Troy vote for the Socialist Presidential candidate in 1916 was 157. The Socialist vote for Presidential Electors and for the head of the state ticket by wards in Troy was as follows: […]
Debs. Cannon.
[…]
Fifteenth Ward….. 98 91
Sixteenth Ward….. 179 162
Seventeenth Ward… 98 84
Troy Daily Times. November 3, 1920: 5 col 3.

Candidates Nominated by the Socialist Party

NAME OF CANDIDATE. Office to be Filled. Residence. Place of Business. […]
WALTER B. CORBIN … Member of Assembly, 1st Dist. … 93 6th Ave., Troy […]
TROY
PHILIP BERGER … Supervisor, 16th Ward …
THEODORE CHRISTENSEN … Alderman, 16th Ward … 493 8th Ave.
Troy Times. October 29, 1921: 7.

Candidates Nominated by the Socialist Party

Name Title of Office Residence
[…]
CLIFFORD L. BORNT Member of Assembly, 1st Dist. 50 114th St., N. Troy […]
GEORGE D. CASWELL Supervisor, Fifteenth Ward 1886 Francis Ave., Troy
WILLIAM RONAN Supervisor, Sixteenth Ward No. 2 Alma Court, Troy
LLOYD E. BINGHAM Supervisor, Seventeenth Ward 509 Fifth Ave., Troy […]
RICHARD H. BIBB Alderman, Fifteenth Ward 219 Sixth Ave., North Troy
PAUL JENSEN Alderman, Sixteenth Ward 450 Eighth Ave., North Troy
HENRY E. SMITH Alderman, Seventeenth Ward 721 Third Ave., North Troy
Times Record. October 30, 1937: 8.

Candidates Nominated by the Socialist Party

Name Title of Office Residence
[…]
WILLIAM J. PHELAN Coroner, 571 Second Ave., Troy
Times Record. November 4, 1938: 10.

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