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Encyclopedia > Tristram Dalton

Tristram Dalton (May 28, 1738-May 30, 1817) was an American politician who served as Senator from Massachusetts.

Dalton was born in Newburyport, Massachusetts. He attended Dummer Academy in Byfield, Massachusetts, and graduated from Harvard College in 1755. Afterwards, he studied law and was admitted to the bar, but did not practice. Instead, he engaged in mercantile pursuits. He later served as a delegate from Massachusetts to the convention of committees of New England Provinces which met in Providence, Rhode Island on December 25, 1776. Dalton served as a member of the Massachusetts state house of representatives from 1782-1785, and served as speaker in 1784.

He was elected to the Continental Congress in 1783 and 1784, but did not attend. He served as a Massachusetts state senator from 1785-1788, and was appointed to the U.S. Senate in 1788. He served from March 4, 1789, to March 3, 1791. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1790. Much later, he served as surveyor of the port of Boston from November 1814 until his death on May 30, 1817. He is interred in the churchyard of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Newburyport.

This article incorporates facts obtained from the public domain Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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Dalton is a town located in Berkshire County, Massachusetts.
Dalton was first settled in 1755 and was officially incorporated in 1784.
The town was named after Tristram Dalton, the Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives at the time of the town's incorporation.
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