Birth of the Nation: The First Federal Congress 1789-1791
The First Federal Congress

Senator Tristram Dalton

Tristram Dalton (1738-1817)

Painting (1792) by John Trumbull (1756-1843

Courtesy of the Yale University Art Gallery

Tristram Dalton
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Life dates: 28 May 1738-30 May 1817
Place of Residence (1789): Newbury, Massachusetts
Occupation (1789): Merchant
Place of Birth: Newbury, Massachusetts
Age (March 4, 1789): 50
Religion (1789): Episcopalian
College Education: Harvard
Marital Status (1789): Married
Military Service during the Revolutionary War: Ran Privateer Supply Fleet [Siege of Boston]
Prior Political Offices: Massachusetts Second Provincial Congress
State Legislature
Confederation Congress
Delegate to Federal Convention: No
Delegate to State Ratification Convention: Yes
Pro/Anti ratification of Constitution: Pro
Support for strong central government (particularly in its executive functions) Moderate
Last year of continuous service in Senate: 1791
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