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The 1965 New York City mayoral election occurred on Tuesday, November 2, 1965, with Republican Congressman John Lindsay winning a close plurality victory over the Democratic candidate, New York City Comptroller Abraham Beame.

1965 New York City mayoral election

1961 November 2, 1965 1969
John Lindsay NYWTS 1 (cropped).jpg Abraham D. Beame.jpg William F. Buckley, Jr. 1985.jpg
Candidate John Lindsay Abraham Beame William F. Buckley Jr.
Party Republican Democratic Conservative
Alliance Liberal Civil Service -
Popular vote 1149106 1046699 341226
Percentage 44.99% 40.98% 13.36%

Results by Borough

Mayor before election

Robert F. Wagner, Jr.

Elected Mayor

John Lindsay

Lindsay received 44.99% of the vote to Beame's 40.98%, a victory margin of 4.01%.[1]

Finishing in a distant third was the candidate of the recently formed Conservative Party, conservative author and commentator William F. Buckley Jr., who received 13.36% of the vote.

Lindsay and Beame received the Liberal and Civil Service ballot line respectively.

Lindsay won a decisive majority in Manhattan, while winning comfortable plurality victories in Queens and Staten Island. Beame won pluralities in the Bronx and Brooklyn.

Linsday would be sworn into office in January 1966, replacing outgoing Democratic Mayor Robert F. Wagner Jr.. Whilst Lindsay would go on to win the mayoralty four years later, he would lose the Republican nomination to John J. Marchi. As a result this would be the last mayoral election that a Republican would win until Rudy Giuliani's victory in 1993.


1965 General Election party Manhattan The Bronx Brooklyn Queens Richmond [Staten Is.] Total %
John V. Lindsay Republican - Liberal - Independent Citizens 291326 181072 308398 331162 37148 1149106 45.0%
55.8% 39.5% 40.0% 47.1% 45.8%
Abraham Beame Democratic - Civil Service Fusion 193230 213980 365360 250662 23467 1046699 41.0%
37.0% 46.6% 47.4% 35.6% 28.9%
William F. Buckley, Jr. Conservative 37694 63858 97679 121544 20451 341226 13.4%
7.2% 13.9% 12.7% 17.3% 25.2%
522250 458910 771437 703368 81066 2537031 99.4%
others 17168 0.6%

Almost a quarter of Lindsay's vote (281796) was on the Liberal Party line, while 63590 of Beame's votes were on the Civil Service Fusion line. John Lindsay, a Republican Congressman from the "Silk-Stocking" District on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, carried Manhattan, Queens, and traditionally Republican Staten Island (Richmond), while Abe Beame, the City Comptroller, carried The Bronx and his home borough of Brooklyn, both of which he had also won in the Democratic primary. However, while Beame had also carried Queens in the primary, he lost it to Lindsay in the general election.[2] (Five years later, Bill Buckley's brother James L. Buckley would win the 1970 New York state election for U.S. Senator on the Conservative Party line against divided opposition.) The Other vote was 11104- Vito Battista - United Taxpayer Party; 3977- Clifton DeBerry - Socialist Workers; 2087 - Eric Haas - Socialist Labor

1965 Democratic primary
Manhattan The Bronx Brooklyn Queens Staten Island Total
Abraham D. Beame 53386 66064 128146 82601 6148 336345
Paul R. Screvane 66444 54260 79485 63680 7512 271381
William F. Ryan 48744 16632 24588 22570 1204 113738
Paul O'Dwyer 6771 5976 8332 6895 697 28675


  1. ^ "New York City Mayoral Election 1965 inches. Our Campaigns. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
  2. ^ Page 41 of the 1966 World Almanac & Book of Facts and page 69 of Cannato's The Ungovernable City: John Lindsay and His Struggle to Save New York

Further readingEdit

  • Bridges, Linda, and John R. Coyne Jr. Strictly right: William F. Buckley Jr. and the American conservative movement (2007)
  • Cannato, Vincent, J. The Ungovernable City: John Lindsay and His Struggle to Save New York (2001) pp 19–74 excerpt
  • Carter, Barbara. The Road to City Hall: How John V. Lindsay Became Mayor (1967)
  • Taffet, Jeffrey F. "The Snubs and the'Sukkah': John Lindsay and Jewish Voters in New York City." American Jewish History 97.4 (2013): 413-438. online
  • Viteritti, Joseph P., ed. Summer in the City: John Lindsay, New York, and the American Dream (Johns Hopkins U Press, 2014)

Primary sourcesEdit

  • Buckley Jr, William F. The unmaking of a mayor (1966)