Massachusetts 1792 U.S. House of Representatives, District 1, At-Large

U.S. House of Representatives (Federal)
U.S. Congressman
Massachusetts 1792 U.S. House of Representatives, District 1, At-Large
First Ballot
U.S. House of Representatives/U.S. Congressman
John C. Jones, William Heath, James Bowdoin, Samuel Holton, Theophilus Parsons, Samuel Dexter, Jr., William Eustis, Elbridge Gerry, Joseph B. Varnum, Samuel Phillips, Charles Jarves, Stephen Cross, Oliver Prescott, Azor Orne, James Warren, Ebenezer Bridge, Tristram Dalton, John Brooks, Benjamin Austin, Jr., Leammi Baldwin, Baily Bartlett, Samuel Sewall, David Cobb, Fisher Ames, Theophilus Bradbury, Parker Varnum, Joseph Hanson, Benjamin Goodhue, Dudley Atkins Kong, Cotton Tufts, Ebenezer
Candidates: John C. JonesWilliam HeathJames BowdoinSamuel HoltonTheophilus ParsonsSamuel Dexter, Jr.William EustisElbridge GerryJoseph B. VarnumSamuel PhillipsCharles JarvesStephen CrossOliver PrescottAzor OrneJames WarrenEbenezer BridgeTristram DaltonJohn BrooksBenjamin Austin, Jr.Leammi BaldwinBaily BartlettSamuel SewallDavid CobbFisher AmesTheophilus BradburyParker VarnumJoseph HansonBenjamin GoodhueDudley Atkins KongCotton TuftsEbenezer
Final Result: [1][2][3]81453347512512295939365545136312827222220211414111087532111
District of One81453347512512295939365545136312827222220211414111087532111
Essex County19636615012248--5-36-27----3-14114-7--2---
Town of Amesbury--------------------14----------
Town of Andover9179----------------------------
Town of Beverly5--10-4---------------------2---
Town of Boxford----11-------------------5------
Town of Bradford--20----------------------------
Town of Danvers-8--19--------------------------
Town of Gloucester--119--4---------------4--------
Town of Haverhill--30----------------------------
Town of Ipswich711-----------27-------11---------
Town of Lynn18------------------------------
District of Lynnfield---119--------------------------
Town of Manchester----12--------------------------
Town of Marblehead--1-25--------------------------
Town of Metheun---20-----5---------------------
Town of Middleton----12--------------------------
Town of Newbury10---1-4----20-------------------
Town of Newburyport[4]55----------16------3------------
Town of Rowley18------------------------------
Town of Salem42------------------------------
Town of Salisbury32------------------------------
Town of Topsfield----23-------------------2------
Town of Wenham[5]-------------------------------
Middlesex County1131688275-917574622043-31126225201714--66-53----
Town of Acton-81------------9---------------
Town of Ashby--------17----------------------
Town of Bedford-------19-----------------------
Town of Billerica--2----28---------------6-------
District of Boxboro[6]-------------------------------
Town of Cambridge14103----5---------2-------------
District of Carlisle-----10-------------------------
Town of Charlestown17415---9---------------5--------
Town of Chelmsford-3---18-------------------------
Town of Concord1-----23-6---------13------------
Town of Dracut15---------------------1--5-----
Town of Dunstable-16-----------------------------
Town of East Sudbury--69----1----------------------
Town of Framingham-15------------------------2----
Town of Groton----------18--------------------
Town of Holliston-----14-------------------------
Town of Hopkinton------24------------------------
Town of Lexington-17-5----1------13-5-------------
Town of Lincoln-------1013----------------------
Town of Littleton---1-------------13-------------
Town of Malden13-----3------------------------
Town of Marlborough1--12-2--1-12--1--5-3------------
Town of Medford15-1----------------------------
Town of Natick--------------16----------------
Town of Newton[7]1----114-------10---1------------
Town of Pepperell30------------------------------
Town of Reading-230----------------------------
Town of Sherborn--------23----------------------
Town of Shirley49-----------------------------
Town of Stoneham---------20---------------------
Town of Stow2---------11--------------------
Town of Sudbury-----25-------------------------
Town of Tewksbury-26-----------------------------
Town of Townsend------------30------------------
District of Tyngsborough-----13-------------------------
Town of Waltham--12----------------------------
Town of Watertown-20----2---2--------------------
Town of Westford---25---------------------------
Town of Weston-122----------------------------
Town of Wilmington---23---10-----------------------
Town of Woburn-------2----1------14------1----
Suffolk County505329332---10193298---1-17-1----2----111
Town of Bellingham26------------------------------
Town of Boston410114194---3---4-------1----1-------
Town of Braintree-1615----------------------------
Town of Brookline--9----------------------------
Town of Chelsea-8-----------------------------
Town of Cohasset11------------------------------
Town of Dedham--9----------------------------
Town of Dorchester8-39----------------------------
District of Dover-13------------1----------------
Town of Foxborough-17-----------------------------
Town of Franklin--34----------------------------
Town of Hingham-31------17------------------1--
Town of Hull---------12---------------------
Town of Medfield----------------17--------------
Town of Medway815-----3----------------------
Town of Milton1-13----------------------------
Town of Needham-23-----------------------------
Town of Quincy21-4---1----------------------1-
Town of Roxbury17156---6---4--------------------
Town of Sharon-38-----------------------------
Town of Stoughton-34-----------------------------
Town of Walpole-283----------------------------
Town of Weymouth315---------------------1------1
Town of Wrentham-4-----19-----------------------


[1]"The Massachusetts law provided for a complex method of voting. The voters of Districts One and Two each could vote for four candidates, but the votes had to be distributed as follows: one vote for a candidate from each of the three counties in the district and one additional vote for any candidate from any part of the district. In the Third District each voter had two votes; one had to be cast for a candidate from Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket counties and the other for a candidate from Bristol and Plymouth. In addition all voters in the above three districts cast one additional vote for any candidate from anywhere in the three districts, listed in the returns as at-large. Voters of the Fourth District had three votes, one for a candidate from York, another from Cumberland and the other from any of the remaining counties of this district." Dubin, Michael J. United States Congressional Elections, 1788-1997: The Official Results of the Elections of the 1st through 105th Congresses. Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Company, 1998. 9.
[2]Massachusetts law required a majority to elect for the U.S. House of Representatives. A 2nd Trial would be held on January 14, 1793.
[3]"For a Representative for the District. Number of Voters, 2805. Make a choice, 1403. No Choice." Columbian Centinel (Boston, MA). December 12, 1792.
[4]Benjamin Austin, Jr. received 2 votes as Benjamin Austin.
[5]There were no votes recorded in Wenham.
[6]There were no votes recorded in Boxboro.
[7]Benjamin Austin, Jr. received 1 vote as Benjamin Austin.


Original Election Returns. Massachusetts State Archives, Boston.
Boston Town Records. 310.
Brookline Town Records. 390.
Columbian Centinel (Boston, MA). December 12, 1792.
American Apollo (Boston, MA). December 14, 1792.
Bates, Samuel A. Records of the Town of Braintree: 1640 to 1793. Randolph, MA: Daniel H. Huxford, 1886. 618.
Dubin, Michael J. United States Congressional Elections, 1788-1997: The Official Results of the Elections of the 1st through 105th Congresses. Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Company, 1998. 9.
Town of Weston, Records of the Town Clerk, 1804-1826. Boston: Alfred Mudge and Sons, 1894. 435-436.

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