A Map of the State of New York


Important and scarce population map of New York.

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The firm of E.B. & E.C. Kellogg of Hartford, Connecticut was commissioned by the New York State Legislature to create this political district map in late 1845 or early 1846. Townships and their respective populations are listed within each numbered district (8 total), and inset maps of major cities are included and organized by wards. Tables in the upper left list population statistics.

This purely demographic map played a role as a reference in the 1846 New York State Constitutional Convention. In addition to re-organizing the judiciary, the delegation also elected to increase the number of districts to 32, with one senator elected from each district to serve a two year term. The third state constitution was passed by a majority of 2.5 to 1 by voters in New York. The same year, a referendum to grant suffrage to African Americans was turned down at the polls. The map is scarce, rarely appearing on the market and held by six institutions in the OCLC (which list the published date as 1840?).

Map Details

Publication Date: c. 1845

Author: E.B. & E.C. Kellogg

Sheet Width (in): 32.50

Sheet Height (in): 27.20

Condition: B

Condition Description: The map was roughly detached from its original leather cover, which has resulted in two chips in the left margin which just enter the border. Some staining on the page, most evident near Lake Ontario. The original hand color still makes for a very attractive map.