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Tristram DALTON

(1738-1817)
Senate Years of Service:
1789-1791
Party:
Pro-Administration

DALTON, Tristram, a Senator from Massachusetts; born in Newburyport, Mass., May 28, 1738; attended Dummer Academy, Byfield, Mass., and graduated from Harvard College in 1755; studied law; admitted to the bar but did not practice; engaged in mercantile pursuits; delegate from Massachusetts to the convention of committees of New England Provinces which met in Providence, R.I., December 25, 1776; member, State house of representatives 1782-1785, and served as speaker in 1784; elected to the Continental Congress in 1783 and 1784, but did not attend; member, State senate 1785-1788; elected to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1789, to March 3, 1791; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1790; surveyor of the port of Boston from November 1814 until his death in Boston, Mass., May 30, 1817; interment in the churchyard of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Newburyport, Essex County, Mass.

Bibliography

Stone, Eben. “A Sketch of Tristram Dalton.” Historical Collections of the Essex Institute 25 (1888): 3-10.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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