Massachusetts 1789 U.S. House of Representatives, District 2, Ballot 2

U.S. House of Representatives (Federal)
U.S. Congressman
Massachusetts 1789 U.S. House of Representatives, District 2, Ballot 2
Second Ballot
U.S. House of Representatives/U.S. Congressman
Benjamin Goodhue, Jonathan Jackson, Samuel Holten, Daniel Killborn, Nathan Dana
Candidates: Benjamin Goodhue[1]Jonathan JacksonSamuel HoltenDaniel KillbornNathan Dana
Final Result: [2][3]1491724331
District of Two1491724331
Essex County1491724331
Town of Amesbury96---
Town of Andover106----
Town of Beverly4780---
Town of Boxford20----
Town of Bradford40----
Town of Danvers95----
Town of Gloucester218----
Town of Haverhill642---
Town of Ipswich71121--
Town of Lynn38----
District of Lynnfield27----
Town of Manchester416---
Town of Marblehead3421--1
Town of Metheun25-2--
Town of Middleton[4]-----
Town of Newbury635---
Town of Newburyport19174---
Town of Rowley32----
Town of Salem5298---
Town of Salisbury22----
Town of Topsfield40--3-
Town of Wenham[5]19----


[2]Massachusetts law required a majority to elect for the U.S. House of Representatives. The original election was held on December 18, 1788.
[3]"The second election in Essex District was a two-way contest between Benjamin Goodhue of Salem, who received the most votes in the first election, and Jonathan Jackson of Newburyport, who finished second . . . Since Goodhue and Jackson were both Federalists, the contest in the second election was in part a struggle between the towns of Salem and Newburyport. Tristram Dalton of Newburyport had been elected one of the United States Senators from Massachusetts, and supporters of Goodhue thus had an argument in favor of a Salem candidate, which probably seemed plausible to some voters. More than town rivalry was involved, however. The dissension among Essex Federalists over the election of United States Senators, and in particular the role of Theophilus Parsons, continued to divide county politics. Parsons, who had opposed both Tristram Dalton and Rufus King for Senator, apparently told Dalton that King had prevented the appointment of Jackson as a commissioner to settle Continental accounts. During the second campaign for Representative in Essex District, Jackson reported that people said he was without property. He was so embittered that in the state elections in May he joined forces with Antifederalists in a futile attempt to prevent the reelection of Parsons to the state legislature." The Documentary History of the First Federal Elections: 1788-1790, Vol. I. p 627.
[4]There were no votes recorded in Middleton.
[5]The votes from Wenham were not listed in the Original Election Returns.


Original Election Returns. Massachusetts State Archives, Boston.
The Essex Journal and New-Hampshire Packet (Newburyport, MA). February 11, 1789.
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. 627-635.

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