Election to fill the seat of Elisha R. Potter, resigned.
"Hon. Thomas Tillinghast is chosen Federal Representative by a majority of 58." Rising Sun (Keene, N.H.). November 18, 1791.
"On the votes being counted for First Representative to Congress from this State, it appeared that Thomas Tillinghast, Esq: had a Majority of 53." The Providence Gazette (Providence, RI). November 4, 1797.
John Dorrance and John Mathewson are stated to have declined being considered as candidates.
The United States Chronicle (Providence, RI). August 31, 1797.
The Providence Gazette (Providence, RI). September 2, 1797.
The Newport Mercury (Newport, RI). September 5, 1797.
Herald of the United States (Warren, RI). September 9, 1797.
The Providence Gazette (Providence, RI). November 4, 1797.
Aurora. General Advertiser (Philadelphia, PA). November 14, 1797.
The Rising Sun (Keene, NH). November 18, 1797.
Alden File A-1374. Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence.
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