This is another set of Ballot Counts. Henry Clay was the candidate who won the Massachusetts electoral votes for this year. One of the signers of the documents is Abbott Lawrence, a merchant and politician from Lawrence.
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Pursuant1 to a Law of the United States of America passed on the first day of March one thousand seven hundred and ninety-two, I, George N. Briggs, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby Certify that Abbott Lawrence2 – Lewis Strong – Nathan Appleton3,– John P. Allen– Homer Bartlett4 – Abraham R. Thompson – Charles Allen5 – William B. Calhoun6 – Chauncey B. Rising7 – Elijah Vose8 – William Baylis9 – and Seth Crowell10 ——
have been chosen Electors of President and Vice President of the United States on the part of this Commonwealth agreeably to the provisions of the Laws of said Commonwealth, and in conformity to the Constitution of the said United States.
Given under my hand and the Seal of the Commonwealth at Boston, the fourth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty-four, and in the Sixty ninth year of the Independence of the United States of America
By His Excellency the Governor
John G. Palfrey
Secretary of the Commonwealth
1 Having pursuant = under
2 Abbott Lawrence = merchant, politician from Lawrence
3 Nathan Appleton = mill owner from Boston and Lowell
4 Homer Bartlett = Lowell, mill agent for Washington Mills
5 Charles Allen = politician from Worcester
6 William B. Calhoun = Springfield
7 Chauncy B. Rising = Holyoke
8 Elijah Vose = Dorchester
9 William Baylies = Taunton & Dighton
10 Seth Crowell =Yarmouth
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
We whose names are mentioned in the annexed1 certificate of appointment2, having pursuant3 to the Constitution and Laws of the United States of America, and in the manner directed by the Revised
Statues of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, been appointed Electors of President and Vice President of the United States of America: and having assembled in the State House in Boston, in the State aforesaid, being the place designated by the said Revised Statutes for that purpose, on the first Wednesday of December in the year of Our Lord One thousand eight hundred and forty four, being the fourth day of said month, and in the sixty-ninth year of the Independence of the United States of America, have voted by ballot for President and Vice President, having named in our ballots, the person voted for as President, and in distinct ballots the person Voted for as Vice President and in the same ballots there were twelvevotes for President of the United States of America all of which were for Henry Clay of Kentucky and no other person was voted for as President of the United States.
In testimony whereof, we have hereunto set our hands on the first Wednesday of December in the year of our Lord, One thousand eight hundred and forty-four.
Abbott Lawrence4 Lewis Strong
N. Appleton5 John Perry Allen Homer Bartlett6 Abrm R. Thompson Charles Allen7 William B. Calhoun8 Chauncey B. Rising9 Elijah Vose10William Baylis11 Seth Crowell12
1 Annexed = attached
2 Certificate of appointment = paper listing the names of the electors
3 Having pursuant = under
4 Abbott Lawrence = merchant, politician from Lawrence
5 Nathan Appleton = mill owner from Boston and Lowell
6 Homer Bartlett = Lowell, mill agent for Washington Mills
7 Charles Allen = politician from Worcester
8 William B. Calhoun = Springfield
9 Chauncy B. Rising = Holyoke
10 Elijah Vose = Dorchester
11 William Baylies =Taunton & Dighton
12 Seth Crowell =Yarmouth
“Certificate of Appointment of Electors”, December 1844. National Archives, Waltham, MA.
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