1858 Massachusetts legislature

The 79th Massachusetts General Court, consisting of the Massachusetts Senate and the Massachusetts House of Representatives, met in 1858 during the governorship of Nathaniel Prentice Banks. Charles Wentworth Upham served as president of the Senate and Julius Rockwell served as speaker of the House.[3]

Massachusetts General Court
78th 80th
Legislative bodyGeneral Court
PresidentCharles Wentworth Upham
Members240 [1]
SpeakerJulius Rockwell
1stJanuary 6, 1858 (1858-01-06) – March 27, 1858 (1858-03-27) [2]
Charles Wentworth Upham
Charles Upham, Senate president.
Julius Rockwell
Julius Rockwell, House speaker.
Leaders of the Massachusetts General Court, 1858.

Notable legislation included setting a salary of $300 per year for each member of the legislature.[4]


  • Joint committees: Accounts; Agriculture; Banks and Banking; Claims; Education; Federal Relations; Fisheries; Library; Manufactures; Mercantile Affairs and Insurance; Militia; Parishes and Religious Societies; Prisons; Public Charitable Institutions.[5]
  • Senate committees: Bills in the Third Reading; Engrossed Bills; Judiciary; Printing; Probate and Chancery; Treasury.[5]
  • House committees: Bills in the Third Reading; County Estimates; Elections; Engrossed Bills; Finance; Judiciary; Leave of Absence; Pay Roll; Printing; Probate and Chancery; Public Buildings.[5]



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  1. ^ "Composition of the State of Massachusetts House of Representatives", Resources on Massachusetts Political Figures in the State Library, Mass.gov, archived from the original on June 6, 2020
  2. ^ "Length of Legislative Sessions". Manual for the Use of the General Court. Boston: Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 2009. p. 348+.
  3. ^ "Organization of the Legislature Since 1780". Manual for the Use of the General Court. Boston: Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 2009. p. 340+.
  4. ^ John F. Parker (1985), "Legislative Compensation (a 350 Year-Old Issue)", Legislative Life, Its Realities, Facts, Wit & Humor, New Legislators' Orientation, State House, Boston
  5. ^ a b c d "Government of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts". Massachusetts Register, 1858 – via Archive.org.

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