Tristram Dalton

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Tristram Dalton
United States Senator
from Massachusetts
In office
March 4, 1789 – March 4, 1791
Preceded by None
Succeeded by George Cabot
Personal details
Born (1738-05-28)May 28, 1738
Newburyport, Massachusetts
Died May 30, 1817(1817-05-30) (aged 79)
Boston, Massachusetts
Political party Pro-Administration
Alma mater Harvard University
Profession Law

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

Early life[edit]

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 pursuing a career as a merchant. 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. He was a charter member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1780.[1]


Dalton served as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1782 to 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 to 1788, and was appointed to the United States Senate in 1788. He served from March 4, 1789 to March 4, 1791. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1790.

Later life[edit]

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.


Tristram Dalton is the namesake of Dalton, Massachusetts, Dalton, New Hampshire and Dalton, Georgia.[2]


  1. ^ "Charter of Incorporation of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences". American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 99. 


United States Senate
Preceded by
Office Created
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Massachusetts
March 4, 1789 – March 4, 1791
Served alongside: Caleb Strong
Succeeded by
George Cabot