Massachusetts 1788 Electoral College, Berkshire and Hampshire District

Office:
Vice President of the United States (Federal)
Title:
Elector
Jurisdiction:
Federal
Label:
Massachusetts 1788 Electoral College, Berkshire and Hampshire District
Date:
1788
State:
Massachusetts
Type:
General
Iteration:
First Ballot
Office/Role:
Vice President of the United States/Elector
Electors:
Samuel Henshaw, Elijah Dwight, Samuel Lyman, Thompson J. Skinner, Samuel Fowler, John Hastings, William Whiting, Theodore Sedgwick, Thomas Ives, David Smead, Oliver Phelps, William Bodman, Simeon Strong, William Williams, William Shepard, John Bliss, Reuben Kimman, Hugh MacClellan, Elijah Williams, Lott Stoddard, William Walker, Noah Goodman, Ebenezer Mattoon, Ephraim Fitch, John Bacon, Phineas Stebbins, Joshua Henshaw, Eleazer Porter, Reuben Mason, John Ashley, Levi Shepard, Timothy Robinson, Woodbridge Little, Moses Bliss, John Brown, Thomas Lusk, Chapin, Jonathan Hale, Justin Ely, John Williams, Ebenezer Peirce, Ely Parsons, Ebenezer Hunt, Joshua Shaw, Oliver Smith, Jahleel Woodbridge, John Worthington, James Coe, William Lyman, Park, Elisha Porter, William Pynchon
Electors: Samuel Henshaw[1]Elijah DwightSamuel LymanThompson J. SkinnerSamuel FowlerJohn HastingsWilliam WhitingTheodore SedgwickThomas IvesDavid SmeadOliver PhelpsWilliam BodmanSimeon StrongWilliam WilliamsWilliam ShepardJohn BlissReuben KimmanHugh MacClellanElijah WilliamsLott StoddardWilliam WalkerNoah GoodmanEbenezer MattoonEphraim FitchJohn BaconPhineas StebbinsJoshua HenshawEleazer PorterReuben MasonJohn AshleyLevi ShepardTimothy RobinsonWoodbridge LittleMoses BlissJohn BrownThomas LuskChapinJonathan HaleJustin ElyJohn WilliamsEbenezer PeirceEly ParsonsEbenezer HuntJoshua ShawOliver SmithJahleel WoodbridgeJohn WorthingtonJames CoeWilliam LymanParkElisha PorterWilliam Pynchon
Affiliation:FederalistFederalistFederalist
Presidential Candidate:George Washington / John AdamsGeorge Washington / John Adams
Final Result: [2][3][4][5][6]668557484456200168114109969180666461594746363432302828262219181716151413121111117765432222211111
District of Berkshire and Hampshire668557484456200168114109969180666461594746363432302828262219181716151413121111117765432222211111
Berkshire County32416269284-2482433131523-38-346---30--2622-18--15-212--11----4----2----1-
Town of Adams----------------30---30-------------------------------
Town of Alford8-108----11-------------------------------------------
Town of Becket---18----------------------18-------------------------
Town of Dalton[7]----------------------------------------------------
Town of Egremont[8]----------------------------------------------------
Town of Great Barrington2940-3--7-----------------3---------------------------
Town of Hancock[9]----------------------------------------------------
Town of Lanesborough1-3250------------------------------------------------
Town of Lee[10]----------------------------------------------------
Town of Lenox4934-15--12------7----------2---------------------------
Town of Louden[11]----------------------------------------------------
Town of Mount Washington[12]----------------------------------------------------
District of New Ashford---14---13--------------------------------------------
Town of New Marlborough-1-15--1----------------------15----------------------
Town of Partridgefield[13]13--------13------------------------------------------
Town of Pittsfield531-52---------2--------------------------------------
Town of Richmond2711-14--------------------2--------------------2------
Town of Sandisfield-427--1810--6--3----------1------2---11----------------
Town of Sheffield3737-----------26---------26----------------------------
Town of Stockbridge7612-64------------------------------------------------
Town of Tyringham-22----18-----------------8---------------------------
Town of Washington[14]----------------------------------------------------
Town of West Stockbridge31--31---1----------------6---------------------------
Town of Williamstown------2---9-----16---------------12-----------------1-
Town of Windsor-----1--22--23---3------------------------4-----------
Hampshire County344-41517220016666856378654364235944-363432-2828--19-1716--11-1111-7765-3222-2111-1
Town of Amherst---27-24-------3--------------------------------------
Town of Ashfield[15]----------------------------------------------------
Town of Belchertown46--47------------------------------------------------
Town of Bernardston---21-13--------8-------------------------------------
Town of Blandford[16]----------------------------------------------------
Town of Brimfield--36--36----------------------------------------------
Town of Buckland---------14----14-------------------------------------
Town of Charlemont---10-----10------------------------------------------
Town of Chester[17]----------------------------------------------------
Town of Chesterfield1818--------------------------------------------------
Chesterfield Gore[18]----------------------------------------------------
Town of Colrain--22-----------23-23----------------------------------
Town of Conway[19]----------------------------------------------------
Town of Cummington[20]-------7----------------------14-----7---------------
Town of Deerfield22627------------------------------------5------------
District of Easthampton[21]11-10--1-3--1-----------------------------------------
Town of Goshen[22]1717--------------------------------------------------
Town of Granby----191-------------------19-------------------------1
Town of Granville--18113-9---28--------------------11---------------1----
Town of Greenfield1-1617-4----------------------------------------------
Town of Greenwich--20----16----1----------------------------3----------
Town of Hadley11204-24--------------------------------------2-------
Town of Hatfield[23]263111-6---------1------------------------------------
Town of Heath---17-17----------------------------------------------
Town of Holland-------14----14---------------------------------------
Town of Leverett[24]----------------------------------------------------
District of Leyden---------20-----------------17------------------------
Town of Longmeadow-135--11-25----10------------------------7--------------
Town of Ludlow----28----------------28------------------------------
Town of Middlefield[25]----------------------------------------------------
Town of Monson-------49-------------28-----16--------------2--------
Town of Montague[26]----------------------------------------------------
Town of Montgomery[27]----------------------------------------------------
Town of New Salem--------3534--1---------------------------------------
Town of Northampton58581-------15-15-1-------------------------------------
Town of Northfield[28]----------------------------------------------------
Town of Norwich2929--------------------------------------------------
District of Orange[29]----------------------------------------------------
Town of Palmer-1715-------------------------------------------------
Town of Pelham------26----24----------------------------------------
District of Plainfield[30]----------------------------------------------------
Town of Rowe[31]----------------------------------------------------
Town of Shelburne--2525------------------------------------------------
Town of Shutesbury-----8-----------13----------------------------------
Town of South Brimfield--18------------18------------------------------------
Town of South Hadley[32]----------------------------------------------------
Town of Southampton523815---------------------------------------1---------
Town of Southwick-5--20-2---21---8-------------------------------------
Town of Springfield34642----2----1-----------------------------1---1-----
Town of Sunderland[33]----------------------------------------------------
Town of Ware--------19--19----------------------------------------
Town of Warwick------------2020--------------------------------------
Town of Wendell-14---14----------------------------------------------
Town of West Springfield21094-84-22----2-------------------------6-------1-1---
Town of Westfield1634--26-27-------161---------------------------------1--
Town of Westhampton5050--------------------------------------------------
Town of Whately[34]----------------------------------------------------
Town of Wilbraham--20-106-5-------1------------------------------------
Town of Williamsburg[35]-----1-7----------3432-------------1111-----------------
Town of Worthington12-------------12-------------------------------------

Notes:

[1]Elected.
[2]Massachusetts had a unique method for choosing its Presidential Electors. In each of the eight Congressional districts, voters voted for two electors. The Massachusetts General Court would then chose one Elector from among the top two candidates in each district to go along with two at-large Electors chosen solely by the General Court.
[3]"The Massachusetts Election Resolutions of 20 November 1788 provided that on 18 December, when the voters cast their votes for Representatives in each district, they should also vote for two men as presidential Electors. The votes were to be sent to the Secretary of the Commonwealth by Monday, 5 January, and on 7 January the legislature in joint session would elect one of the two men receiving the highest number of votes in each district. The legislature would then elect two Electors from the state at large from among men who had not received votes as Electors in any district. When the votes were returned to the Secretary, it was revealed that more than 220 men had received votes, including virtually every Federalist leader in the state. The Federalist-controlled legislature therefore hurriedly passed a resolution on 6 January declaring that anyone not disqualified by the Constitution 'shall be considered as eligible for an Elector at large, any resolve to the contrary notwithstanding' (see House and Seate Proceedings, 6 January)." DenBoer, Gordon and Lucy Trumbull Brown, ed. The Documentary History of the First Federal Elections: 1788-1790. Vol. II. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 1976. 529.
[4]Samuel Henshaw was chosen by the Massachusetts General Court as the Elector for the Essex District. William Shepard was chosen by the Massachusetts General Court as an at-large Elector.
[5]Elections for Presidential Electors were held on December 18, 1788. The Massachusetts General Court then selected the 10 Electors on January 7, 1789. The Electors voted for President on February 4, 1789.
[6]"The elections in the country have, in general, been very thinly attended - owing in some measure to the late fall of snow, making the passing bad." The Massachusetts Centinel (Boston, MA). December 20, 1788.
[7]There were no votes recorded in Dalton.
[8]There were no votes recorded in Egremont.
[9]There were no votes recorded in Hancock.
[10]There were no votes recorded in Lee.
[11]There were no votes recorded in Louden.
[12]There were no votes recorded in Mount Washington.
[13]David Smead received 11 votes as David Snead.
[14]There were no votes recorded in Washington.
[15]There were no votes recorded in Ashfield.
[16]There were no votes recorded in Blandford.
[17]There were no votes recorded in Chester.
[18]There were no votes recorded in Chesterfield Gore.
[19]There were no votes recorded in Conway.
[20]The votes from Easthampton were not included in the Original Election Returns.
[21]The votes from Easthampton were not included in the Original Election Returns.
[22]The votes from Goshen were not included in the Original Election Returns.
[23]The votes from Hatfield were not included in the Original Election Returns.
[24]There were no votes recorded in Leverett.
[25]Middlefield was not list among the Official Records.
[26]There were no votes recorded in Montague.
[27]Montgomery was not list among the Official Records.
[28]There were no votes recorded in Northfield.
[29]There were no votes recorded in Orange.
[30]There were no votes recorded in Plainfield.
[31]There were no votes recorded in Rowe.
[32]There were no votes recorded in South Hadley.
[33]There were no votes recorded in Sunderland.
[34]There were no votes recorded in Whately.
[35]The votes from Williamsburg were not included in the Original Election Returns.

References:

Original Election Returns. Massachusetts State Archives, Boston.
Cummington Town Records.
Easthampton Town Records. Vol. One. 41.
Goshen Town Records.
Hatfield Town Records, 1741-1813. 364.
Williamsburg Town Records.
The Berkshire Chronicle, and the Massachusetts Intelligencer (Pittsfield, MA). December 19, 1788.
The Massachusetts Centinel (Boston, MA). December 20, 1788.
The Hampshire Chronicle (Springfield, MA). December 24, 1788.
The Hampshire Gazette (Northampton, MA). December 24, 1788.
The Hampshire Chronicle (Springfield, MA). December 31, 1788.
Jensen, Merrill and Robert A. Becker, ed. The Documentary History of the First Federal Elections: 1788-1790. Vol. I. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 1976. 441-511, 529-542.

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