Lebanon voting record for separation from Massachusetts, 1816

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At a convention in Brunswick in 1816, delegates reported on how their towns had voted on the separation question. Most inland towns were pro-separation, and coastal towns were against.

Lebanon, located in York County fit the stereotype, reporting,
At a legal meeting of the Inhabitants of the Town of Lebanon qualified by law to Vote in the choice of Senator on Monday the second day of Sept AD 1816 for the purpose of giving in their votes whether it is expedient that the District of Maine should be separated [sic] from Massachusetts proper or not.
For a separation twenty nine votes
Against it one hundred and twenty eight.

Elections in May and September of 1816 failed to get an “extra-majority”—a stipulation required by the Massachusetts legislature. Controversy over an attempt by Maine politicians to manipulate the tabulation of the vote left the movement in disarray by December 1816.

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  • Title: Lebanon voting record for separation from Massachusetts, 1816
  • Creator: Town of Lebanon
  • Creation Date: 1816-09-02
  • Subject Date: 1816-09-02
  • Location: Lebanon, York County, ME
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Local Code: Coll. 165, Box 27/10
  • Collection: William King papers
  • Object Type: Text

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