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Massachusetts's 16th congressional district

Massachusetts's current districts, since 2013

Massachusetts's sixteenth 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 1933 after the 1930 Census. Its last location was in eastern Massachusetts at Cape Cod. Its last Congressman was Charles L. Gifford, who was redistricted into the fifteenth district.


  • Cities and towns in the district 1
    • 1800s-1810s 1.1
    • 1910s 1.2
    • 1920s-1930s 1.3
  • List of representatives 2
  • References 3

Cities and towns in the district



"Barnstable County: Towns of Barnstable, Bourne, Brewster, Chatham, Dennis, Eastham, Falmonth, Harwich, Mashpee, Orleans, Provincetown, Sandwich, Truro, Wellfleet, and Yarmouth. Bristol County: City of New Bedford; towns of Acushnet, Dartmouth, and Fairhaven. Plymouth County: Towns of Bridgewater, Carver, Duxbury, Halifax, Hanover, Hanson, Hingham, Hull, Kingston, Marion, Marshfield, Mattapoisett, Middleboro, Norwell, Pembroke, Plymouth, Plympton, Rochester, Scituate, and Wareham. Norfolk County: Town of Cohasset. Dukes and Nantucket Counties."[1]


List of representatives

Representative Party Years Cong
Electoral history
District created 1803
Samuel Thatcher Federalist March 4, 1803 –
March 3, 1805
8 Redistricted from the 12th district
Lost re-election
Orchard Cook Democratic-
March 4, 1805 –
March 3, 1811
Peleg Tallman Democratic-
March 4, 1811 –
March 3, 1813
Samuel Davis Federalist March 4, 1813 –
March 3, 1815
Benjamin Brown Federalist March 4, 1815 –
March 3, 1817
Benjamin Orr Federalist March 4, 1817 –
March 3, 1819
15 Retired
Mark Langdon Hill Democratic-
March 4, 1819 –
March 3, 1821
16 District moved to Maine
District moved to Maine 1821
District restored in Massachusetts 1913
Thomas Chandler Thacher Democratic March 4, 1913 –
March 3, 1915
63 Lost re-election
Joseph Walsh Republican
March 4, 1915 –
August 21, 1922

Resigned to become a justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court
Vacant August 21, 1922 –
November 7, 1922
Charles L. Gifford Republican November 7, 1922 –
March 3, 1933
67 Redistricted to the 15th district
District eliminated 1933


  1. ^ "Massachusetts". Official Congressional Directory: 64th Congress (2nd ed.). Washington DC: Government Printing Office. 1916. 
  • Martis, Kenneth C. (1989). The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company. 
  • Martis, Kenneth C. (1982). The Historical Atlas of United States Congressional Districts. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company. 
  • Congressional Biographical Directory of the United States 1774–present
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