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  Gorham, Nathaniel
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NameNathaniel Gorham
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, Massachusetts , United States
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Born May 27, 1738
DiedJune 11, 1796 (58 years)
ContributorU Ole Polecat
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Mar 13, 2003 02:49pm
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InfoNathaniel Gorham was engaged in mercantile pursuits and was chosen a member of the provincial legislature of Massachusetts (1771-1775). He was a delegate to the Provincial Congress in 1774 and 1775, and a member of the board of war in 1778-1781. He participated in the Massachusetts State constitutional convention (1779) and served in the State senate in 1780 and 1781. He was a member of the Continental Congress (1782-1783, 1786-1787, 1789) and was elected its chairman on 15 May 1786, "to serve until the first Monday in June next" (5 Jun 1786). Gorham acted for the incapacitated President John Hancock, whose formal resignation was followed by the election (6 Jun 1786) of Gorham as president to complete Hancock's term.

During the Gorham's tenure, Congress adopted a monetary system based on the Spanish dollar and established the U.S. Mint. The major issue of Gorham's administration was the Shays's Rebellion (Aug 1786 - Feb 1787), an uprising in western Massachusetts in opposition to high taxes and stringent economic conditions.

Gorham was a delegate to the Federal Convention at Philadelphia in 1787. He served as judge of the court of common pleas (1 Jul 1785 - 31 May 1796).


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  11/02/1792 MA - At-Large Lost 0.97% (-51.71%)
  11/03/1790 MA US Senate Lost 24.49% (-34.69%)
  10/04/1790 MA District 3 Lost 39.01% (-20.54%)
  01/29/1789 MA District 3 - 2nd Trial Lost 0.21% (-60.85%)
  01/07/1789 MA Presidential Elector - District 03 Lost 13.95% (-10.01%)
  12/17/1788 MA District 3 - 1st Trial Won 36.39% (+10.32%)
  12/31/1787 MA Continental Congress Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  04/02/1787 MA Lt. Governor Lost 7.36% (-38.94%)
  12/31/1786 MA Continental Congress Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  06/06/1786 US President of the Congress Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  12/31/1785 MA Continental Congress Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  12/31/1782 MA Continental Congress Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
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