Massachusetts's 8th congressional district special election, 1820

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A special election was held in Massachusetts's 8th congressional district on October 16, 1820 and November 24, 1820 to fill a vacancy caused by the resignation of Zabdiel Sampson (DR) on July 26, 1820.[1]

Election results[edit]

Although a majority was achieved on the first ballot, a second election was ordered due to the fact that elections had not been held in the town of Hanson

Candidate Party First ballot[2] Second ballot[3]
Votes Percent Votes Percent
Aaron Hobart Democratic-Republican 872 52.1% 588 68.7%
William Baylies Federalist 803 47.9%
Scattering 268 31.3%

Hobart took his seat on December 18, 1820[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b 16th Congress membership roster
  2. ^ First ballot details
  3. ^ Second ballot details