Rhode Island was the last of the original 13 states to ratify the Constitution, on May 29, 1790. By the time of this election on August 31, 1790, the first two sessions of the 1st U.S. Congress had already concluded. Benjamin Bourne would be elected to attend the third, and final, session.
"On counting the votes of the freemen of this state, for a representative to sit in Congress, it appeared that Benjamin Bourn, Esq. had a majority of 239." The Providence Gazette and Country Journal (Providence, RI). September 11, 1790.
The Providence Gazette and Country Journal (Providence, RI). September 4, 1790.
The Providence Gazette and Country Journal (Providence, RI). September 11, 1790.
The Newport Mercury (Newport, RI). September 13, 1790.
The United States Chronicle: Political, Commercial, and Historical (Providence, RI). September 16, 1790.
DenBoer, Gordon and Lucy Trumbull Brown, ed. The Documentary History of the First Federal Elections: 1788-1790. Vol. IV. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 1976. 443-446.
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