Dates of Election for Massachusetts Convention Delegates

(* See Notes Following Table)

Monday, 19 November 1787Wednesday, 28 November    Plymouth
    Petersham    Rainham
    Barnstable    Rutland
    HaverhillFriday, 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 NovemberMonday, 3 December    Wilbraham
    Machias    Andover    Williamsburgh
    Ashburnham    Winchendon
Thursday, 22 November    Athol    Worcester
    Longmeadow    Becket    York
    Medford    Belchertown
    Northampton and Easthampton    BerkleyTuesday, 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    DunstableWednesday, 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    MansfieldFriday, 7 December
    Worthington    Marblehead    Abington
    Boston
Tuesday, 27 November    Milton    Buckland*
    Chesterfield    Newton
    Hallowell    OakhamSaturday, 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
    BillericaWednesday, 12 December    Reading
    Bridgewater    Georgetown    Richmond
    Brookline    Leominster    Roxbury
    Charlton    Spencer    Sheffield and Mount Washington*
    ConcordThursday, 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    YarmouthTuesday, 18 December
    Needham    Bath
    New GloucesterFriday, 14 December    Berwick
    New Marlborough    Easton    Biddeford*
    Northfield    Brunswick
    PartridgefieldMonday, 17 December    Edgecomb
    Pepperellborough    Ashby    Gloucester
    Sanford    Beverly    Pepperrell
    Sherburne (Middlesex Co.)    Boothbay    Rowley
    Shutesbury    Bristol
    Southwick    BrookfieldWednesday, 19 December
    Sutton    Cambridge    Bedford
    Templeton    Conway    Chatham*
    Tyringham    Dracut    Chelmsford
    Ward    Greenwich    Pittsfield
    Wareham    Harvard    Thomaston
    Warwick and Orange    HullThursday, 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    MarshfieldSaturday, 22 December
    Plympton    Mendon    Bowdoinham
    Pownalborough    Middleborough    Sherburne (Nantucket Co.)*
Monday, 24 December    WestboroughFriday, 28 December
    Adams    Williamstown*    Montague
    Douglass
    HollistonTuesday, 25 DecemberMonday, 31 December
    Lebanon    Ashfield    Portland*
    Loudon    Dartmouth    Shapleigh
    Marlborough*    Medfield    Topsham
    Northborough*    Windsor    Ware
    Norwich    Wendell*
    PittstonWednesday, 26 DecemberTuesday, 1 January 1788
    South Brimfield and Holland    Hancock (Berkshire Co.)    Manchester
    Waterborough    Vassalborough*
    Wellfleet*
    Southborough    WenhamSaturday, 5 January
    Swanzey    Northbridge
    TewksburyThursday, 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.