William Preble's controversial interpretation of a vote on separation from Massachusetts, 1816

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In September 1816 Maine towns voted on whether to separate from Massachusetts and become a separate state. As required by those who set up the election, a 5 to 4 majority was required for separation to pass. After the separationists did not achieve this figure, William Preble used complex and controversial logic to argue in favor of separation. This records shows Preble's reasoning for victory, which led a major controversy at the Brunswick Convention later that month. Shown here are the records from the counties of Cumberland, Hancock, Kennebeck, Lincoln, Oxford, Penobscot, Somerset, Washington and York. Preble used the "aggregate majority" from each county instead of the total numbers of votes in his calculation.

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  • Title: William Preble's controversial interpretation of a vote on separation from Massachusetts, 1816
  • Creator: Prebble, William
  • Creation Date: 1816
  • Subject Date: 1816
  • Town: Brunswick
  • County: Cumberland, Hancock, Kennebeck, Lincoln, Oxford, Penobscot, Somerset, Washington, York
  • State: ME
  • Media: Paper
  • Local Code: Coll. 406, Box 1/7
  • Collection: Brunswick Convention of 1816 records
  • Object Type: Text

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