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  • Amos Abbot, U.S. Congress (1786 - 1868)
    Amos Abbott (September 10, 1786, Andover, Massachusetts – November 2, 1868, Andover, Massachusetts) was a United States Congressman from Massachusetts. Son of Jeduthan Abbott (1749–1810) and Hannah...
  • Hon. Alanson Borden (1823 - 1900)
    Alanson Borden was born in the town of Tiverton, Rhode Island, near to the Massachusetts line (now in the latter state), on January 7, 1823. His father was Isaac Borden, who was a farmer, as were his g...
  • Rep. Richard D. Cutts (1771 - 1845)
    Graduated from Harvard in 1790, after which he studied law, but was diverted to business, was extensively engaged in commerce, and spent some time in Europe. On his return he became a member of the Mas...
  • Judge Theodore Lincoln (1763 - 1852)
    Judge Theodore Lincoln BIRTH 30 Dec 1763 Hingham, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA DEATH 15 Jun 1852 (aged 88) Dennysville, Washington County, Maine, USA BURIAL Dennysville Cemetery Dennysv...
  • Benjamin Crowninshield, U.S. Secretary of the Navy (1772 - 1851)
    Benjamin Williams Crowninshield (December 27, 1772 – February 3, 1851) served as the United States Secretary of the Navy between 1815 and 1818, during the administrations of Presidents James Madison ...

The Massachusetts General Court (formally styled, The General Court of Massachusetts) is the state legislature of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The name "General Court" is a hold-over from the earliest days of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, when the colonial assembly, in addition to making laws, sat as a judicial court of appeals. Before the adoption of the state constitution in 1780, it was called the Great and General Court, but the official title was shortened by John Adams, author of the state constitution. It is a bicameral body. The upper house is the Massachusetts Senate which is composed of 40 members. The lower body, the Massachusetts House of Representatives, has 160 members. (Until 1978, it had 240 members) It meets in the Massachusetts State House on Beacon Hill in Boston.