Massachusetts 1820 U.S. House of Representatives, Suffolk District

U.S. House of Representatives (Federal)
U.S. Congressman
Massachusetts 1820 U.S. House of Representatives, Suffolk District
First Ballot
U.S. House of Representatives/U.S. Congressman
Benjamin Gorham, Samuel A. Wells, Jesse Putnam, William Sturgis, John Brazer, Samuel Brown, William Little, Fitch Tufts, Daniel Webster, Daniel Adams, Amos Fitch, Charles Hood, Samuel Hubbard, William Ingalls, Winslow Lewis, Lewis Lincoln, Henry Orne
Candidates: Benjamin Gorham[1]Samuel A. WellsJesse PutnamWilliam SturgisJohn BrazerSamuel BrownWilliam LittleFitch TuftsDaniel WebsterDaniel AdamsAmos FitchCharles HoodSamuel HubbardWilliam IngallsWinslow LewisLewis LincolnHenry Orne
Final Result: [2][3][4]226615725432222211111111
District of Suffolk226615725432222211111111
Middlesex County55199---------------
Town of Malden55117---------------
Town of Stoneham-82---------------
Suffolk County221113735432222211111111
Town of Boston218713634932222211111111
Town of Chelsea24105--------------


[2]"Whole number of votes 3912. Make a choice 1957. Hon. Benj. Gorham has 2266 and is chosen." Original Election Returns.
[3]Based on their votes in Congress over Missouri statehood and a Tariff Bill, some Massachusetts Congressmen either did not run for re-election or were defeated. The Essex Register of November 11, 1820 in commenting on election results noted that Jonathan Russell, a Republican was elected in Worcester South over Benjamin Adams, his Federalist opponent and in Worcester North, Lewis Bigelow, a Federalist defeated both the Republican candidate and Jonas Kendall the incumbent Federalist. They pointed out that both of the defeated candidates (Adams and Kendall) were supporters of the new Tariff Bill, which was viewed as harmful to Massachusetts commerce and business. Two other congressmen, Jonathan Mason (Suffolk District), who resigned shortly before the election and Henry Shaw (Berkshire District), who chose not to run for re-election, did so because of public reaction to their votes on the Missouri question.
[4]Original Election Returns list only 20 scattering votes, but doing the addition with the figures as listed in the Boston Town Meeting records you get 21 scattering votes.


Original Election Returns. Massachusetts State Archives, Boston.
Boston Town Records. 166.
New-England Palladium and Commercial Advertiser (Boston, MA). November 10, 1820.
Columbian Centinel. American Federalist (Boston, MA). November 11, 1820.
The Essex Register (Salem, MA). November 11, 1820.
Columbian Centinel. American Federalist (Boston, MA). December 23, 1820.
The National Aegis (Worcester, MA). December 27, 1820.
Boston Weekly Messenger (Boston, MA). December 29, 1820.

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