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Massachusetts's 15th congressional district

Massachusetts's current districts, since 2013

Massachusetts's fifteenth congressional district is an obsolete district. It was also for a short time in the early 19th century a Massachusetts District of Maine. It was eliminated in 1943 after the 1940 Census. Its last location was in eastern Massachusetts at Cape Cod. Its last Congressman was Charles L. Gifford, who was redistricted into the ninth district.

Cities and towns in the districtEdit

1910sEdit

"Bristol County: Cities of Fall River, Taunton, and Attleboro, and towns of Berkley, Dighton, Freetown, Mansfield, North Attleboro, Norton, Raynham, Rehoboth, Seekonk, Somerset, Swansea, and Westport. Plymouth County: Town of Lakeville."[1]

List of members representing the districtEdit

District created in 1803.

Representative Party Years Cong
ress
Electoral history District location
 
Peleg Wadsworth
Federalist March 4, 1803 –
March 3, 1807
8th
9th
Redistricted from the 13th district and re-elected in 1802.
Re-elected in 1804.
Retired.
"Cumberland district," District of Maine
Daniel Ilsley Democratic-Republican March 4, 1807 –
March 3, 1809
10th Elected in 1806.
Lost re-election.
 
Ezekiel Whitman
Federalist March 4, 1809 –
March 3, 1811
11th Elected in 1808.
Lost re-election.
William Widgery Democratic-Republican March 4, 1811 –
March 3, 1813
12th Elected April 1, 1811 on the second ballot.
Lost re-election.
George Bradbury Federalist March 4, 1813 –
March 3, 1817
13th
14th
Elected in 1812.
Re-elected in 1814.
Retired.
"2nd Eastern district," District of Maine
 
Ezekiel Whitman
Federalist March 4, 1817 –
March 3, 1821
15th
16th
Elected in 1816.
District moved to Maine's 2nd district.
District moved to Maine 1821
District restored in Massachusetts 1913
 
William S. Greene
Republican March 4, 1913 –
September 22, 1924
63rd
64th
65th
66th
67th
68th
Redistricted from the 13th district.
Died.
Vacant September 22, 1924 –
November 4, 1924
68th
 
Robert M. Leach
Republican November 4, 1924 –
March 3, 1925
68th Elected to finish Greene's term.
Retired.
 
Joseph W. Martin Jr.
Republican March 4, 1925 –
March 3, 1933
68th
69th
70th
71st
72nd
[Data unknown/missing.]
Redistricted to the 14th district.
 
Charles L. Gifford
Republican March 4, 1933 –
January 3, 1943
73rd
74th
75th
76th
77th[2]
Redistricted from the 14th district.
Redistricted to the 9th district.
District eliminated 1943

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Massachusetts". Official Congressional Directory: 64th Congress (2nd ed.). Washington DC: Government Printing Office. 1916.
  2. ^ "Massachusetts". Official Congressional Directory: 75th Congress (2nd ed.). Washington DC: Government Printing Office. 1938.