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Massachusetts Elects 355 Delegates

September 19, 1787

Dates of Election for Massachusetts Convention Delegates

(* See Notes Following Table)

Monday, 19 November 1787 Wednesday, 28 November     Plymouth
    Petersham     Rainham
    Barnstable     Rutland
    Haverhill Friday, 30 November     Scarborough
    Pembroke     Brimfield     Scituate
    Portland*     Foxborough     Shrewsbury
    Lee     Stoughton
Tuesday, 20 November     Southampton     Sturbridge
    Hadley     Stockbridge     Sunderland
    Lancaster     Stow and Boxborough     Wells
    Newburyport     Westminster     Westford
    Springfield     Whately
Wednesday, 21 November Monday, 3 December     Wilbraham
    Machias     Andover     Williamsburgh
    Ashburnham     Winchendon
Thursday, 22 November     Athol     Worcester
    Longmeadow     Becket     York
    Medford     Belchertown
    Northampton and Easthampton     Berkley Tuesday, 4 December
    Blanford     Bolton and Berlin
    Salisbury     Braintree     Colrain
    Westport     Charlestown     Halifax
    West Stockbridge     Chelsea     Newbury
Friday, 23 November     Cohasset     North Yarmouth
    Natick     Cummington and Plainfield     Royalston
    Sandisfield
Monday, 26 November     Deerfield     Sharon
    Amherst     Dighton     South Hadley
    Attleborough
    Bare     Dunstable Wednesday, 5 December
    Bernardston and Leyden     Franklin     Coxhall
    Gorham     Salem
    Boylston     Granby
    Falmouth (Barnstable Co.)     Granville* Thursday, 6 December
    Grafton     Great Barrington*     Boxford
    Holden     Greenfield     Bradford
    Marlborough*     Groton     Fryeburg
    Norton     Hatfield     Medway
    Pelham     Hubbardston     Middlefield
    Rehoboth     Ipswich     Palmer
    Taunton*     Lanesborough     Westfield
    Walpole (Suffolk Co.)     Lunenburgh     Wilmington
    West Springfield     Mansfield Friday, 7 December
    Worthington     Marblehead     Abington
    Boston
Tuesday, 27 November     Milton     Buckland*
    Chesterfield     Newton
    Hallowell     Oakham Saturday, 8 December
    Princeton     Oxford     Truro*
Monday, 10 December     Sandwich*     Milford
    Acton and Carlisle     Shelburne     New Bedford
    Alford     Tisbury     New Braintree
    Almsbury     Western     New Salem
    Bellingham     Paxton
    Billerica Wednesday, 12 December     Reading
    Bridgewater     Georgetown     Richmond
    Brookline     Leominster     Roxbury
    Charlton     Spencer     Sheffield and Mount Washington*
    Concord Thursday, 13 December
    Dedham and Dover     Charlemont     Shirley
    Duxbury     Chester     Sterling (Worcester Co.)
    Framingham     Dorchester     Sudbury
    Freetown     Egremont     Upton
    Gray     Hingham     Waltham
    Hanover     Sandwich*     Watertown
    Hardwick     Standish*     Weymouth
    Harpswell     Stoneham     Winslow
    Hopkinton     Topsfield     Winthrop
    Leverett     Uxbridge     Woburn
    Lexington     Windham*     Wrentham
    Lynn and Lynnfield     Woolwich
    Monson     Yarmouth Tuesday, 18 December
    Needham     Bath
    New Gloucester Friday, 14 December     Berwick
    New Marlborough     Easton     Biddeford*
    Northfield     Brunswick
    Partridgefield Monday, 17 December     Edgecomb
    Pepperellborough     Ashby     Gloucester
    Sanford     Beverly     Pepperrell
    Sherburne (Middlesex Co.)     Boothbay     Rowley
    Shutesbury     Bristol
    Southwick     Brookfield Wednesday, 19 December
    Sutton     Cambridge     Bedford
    Templeton     Conway     Chatham*
    Tyringham     Dracut     Chelmsford
    Ward     Greenwich     Pittsfield
    Wareham     Harvard     Thomaston
    Warwick and Orange     Hull Thursday, 20 December
    Westhampton     Kingston     East Sudbury
    Weston     kittery     Edgartown
    Leicester     Fitchburgh
Tuesday, 11 December     Lenox     Harwich
    Case Elizabeth     Lincoln     Methuen
    Danvers     Littleton     Rochester
    Dudley     Malden
    Ludlow     Marshfield Saturday, 22 December
    Plympton     Mendon     Bowdoinham
    Pownalborough     Middleborough     Sherburne (Nantucket Co.)*
Monday, 24 December     Westborough Friday, 28 December
    Adams     Williamstown*     Montague
    Douglass
    Holliston Tuesday, 25 December Monday, 31 December
    Lebanon     Ashfield     Portland*
    Loudon     Dartmouth     Shapleigh
    Marlborough*     Medfield     Topsham
    Northborough*     Windsor     Ware
    Norwich     Wendell*
    Pittston Wednesday, 26 December Tuesday, 1 January 1788
    South Brimfield and Holland     Hancock (Berkshire Co.)     Manchester
    Waterborough     Vassalborough*
    Wellfleet*
    Southborough     Wenham Saturday, 5 January
    Swanzey     Northbridge
    Tewksbury Thursday, 27 December
    Townshend     Gardner* Monday, 7 January
    Washington     Newcastle     Taunton*

Unknown Dates: Arundell, Bakerstown, Ballstown, Belfast, Bridgtown, Brownfield, Buxton, Camden, Canaan, Chilmark, Falmouth (Cumberland Co.), Goshen, Hancock (Lincoln Co.). Lewistown, Limerick, Little Falls, Massabeseck, Medumcook, Middleton, Montgomery, New Ashford, Norridgewalk, Pearsonfield, Provincetown, Raymondstown, Royalsborough, St. George’s, Shepardstown, Sterling (Lincoln Co.), Sylvester, Wales, Walpole (Lincoln Co.), Waldoborough, Warren

  • Biddeford voted on 11 December not to send a delegate. At a second meeting, perhaps on 18 or 25 December, the town elected Allison Smith, who indicated that if elected he would not attend the Convention.
  • Buckland’s election certificate, dated 2 January, indicates that the town meeting that elected a delegate was held “on friday the ninth Day of December last.” The ninth of December was a Sunday. The 7th of December was a Friday. The 9th of November was a Friday.
  • Chatham voted not to send a delegate.
  • Gardner voted not to send a delegate.
  • Granville’s election certificate, dated 7 January, indicates that the town meeting that elected delegates met “on Monday the 9 day of December last.” The 9th of December was a Sunday.
  • Great Barrington elected William Whiting on 26 November, but reconsidered and voted on 3 December for Elijah Dwight.
  • Marlborough elected two delegates, one on 26 November, the other on 24 December.
  • Northborough elected Isaac Davis on 10 December. Sometime thereafter, Davis declined and Artemas Brigham was elected on 24 December.
  • Portland elected Samuel Deane and John Fox on 19 November. Deane declined. Then Peleg Wadsworth was elected but he declined. On 3 December Joseph McLellan was elected and accepted. Sometime thereafter, McLellan declined to serve, but he was elected again on 31 December.
  • Sandwich elected Thomas Bourne and Thomas Smith on 11 December. Bourne declined and was replaced by Thomas Nye on 13 December.
  • Sheffield and Mount Washington voted on 10 December but John Ashley received one vote short of a majority. Ashley received a majority on 17 December. The election result was unsuccessfully contested at the Convention.
  • Sherburne (Nantucket Co.) voted not to send a delegate.
  • Standish voted not to send a delegate.
  • Taunton elected one delegate on 26 November and added two others on 7 January.
  • Truro voted not to send a delegate.
  • Vassalborough elected Abiel Lovejoy on 30 November. On 11 December the town reconsidered and voted to send no delegate to the Convention. On 1 January Samuel Grant was elected.
  • Wellfleet elected Hezekiah Doane on 12 December. On 26 December the town voted to release him from going to the Convention and elected Levi Whitman.
  • Wendell voted not to send a delegate.
  • Williamstown elected William Young on 17 December, but the selectmen adjourned the meeting until 24 December, when the meeting replaced Young with Thompson J. Skinner. Another meeting on 1 January replaced Skinner with Young. The supporters of Young unsuccessfully petitioned the Convention to seat Young instead of Skinner.
  • Windham voted not to send a delegate.

Source: The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution Digital Edition, ed. John P. Kaminski, Gaspare J. Saladino, Richard Leffler, Charles H. Schoenleber and Margaret A. Hogan. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2009.

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