DALTON, Tristram (1738-1817)

DALTON, TRISTRAM, a Senator from Massachusetts; born in Newburyport, Mass., May 28, 1738; 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.

Boston Public Library
Boston, MA
Papers: 6 items.

Cornell University
Rare Books and Manuscript Collections
Ithaca, NY
Papers: October 22, 1783. 1 item. Document addressed to Senate and House requesting funds for troops.

Forbes Library
Northampton, MA
Papers: 6 items (January 1, 1789-March 5, 1791) in Strong collection.

Hartford Seminary Foundation
Hartford, CT
Papers: 1 item (January 9, 1789) in Thompson collection.

Historical Society of Old Newburyport
Newburyport, MA
Papers: Oil painting by T. B. Lawson.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: 1 item (February 25, 1791) in George Washington papers.

Massachusetts Historical Society
Boston, MA
Papers: 33 items (ca. 1768-1802), chiefly photostats, in various collections. Many concern political issues.

Massachusetts State Archives
Boston, MA
Papers: 2 items (December 24, 1789; June 7, 1790) in Senate files; and 2 items (September 30, 1789; July 9, 1790) in House files.

New Hampshire Historical Society
Concord, NH
Papers: 1 item (September 24, 1789) in Langdon/Elwyn family papers.

New-York Historical Society
New York, NY
Papers: 1763-1817. 21 items. Correspondence and papers concerning politics, family and business matters, including some letters of his partner, Tobias Lear. Also 1 item (September 25, 1790) in Rufus King papers.

New York Society Library
New York, NY
Papers: 1 item (February 17, 1789) in Goodhue letters.

Peabody Essex Museum
Salem, MA
Papers: 1772-1814. 1 envelope. Letters and receipts.

Pierpont Morgan Library
New York, NY
Papers: 1795. 1 item.

  • Stone, Eben F. "A Sketch of Tristram Dalton.'' Historical Collections of the Essex Institute 25 (January-March 1888): 1-29.