1798–1799 United States House of Representatives elections in Massachusetts

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Massachusetts required a majority for election. This was not met in the 5th district and 7th district necessitating additional ballots in those districts.

District Incumbent Party First
elected
Result Candidates
Massachusetts 1
"1st Western district"
Thomson J. Skinner Democratic-
Republican
1796 (Special) Incumbent retired.
New member elected.
Federalist gain.
Theodore Sedgwick (Federalist) 80.2%
Thomas Ives (Democratic-Republican) 19.8%
Massachusetts 2
"2nd Western district"
William Shepard Federalist 1797 Incumbent re-elected. William Shepard (Federalist) 89.9%
John Williams (Democratic-Republican) 10.1%
Massachusetts 3
"3rd Western district"
Samuel Lyman Federalist 1794 Incumbent re-elected. Samuel Lyman (Federalist) 88.4%
Daniel Bigelow 6.4%
Scattering 5.2%
Massachusetts 4
"4th Western district"
Dwight Foster Federalist 1793 Incumbent re-elected. Dwight Foster (Federalist) 80.8%
Levi Lincoln Sr. (Democratic-Republican) 19.2%
Massachusetts 5
"1st Southern district"
Nathaniel Freeman Jr. Democratic-
Republican
1794 Incumbent retired.
New member elected.
Federalist gain.
First ballot (November 5, 1798):
Lemuel Williams (Federalist) 32.5%
Macajah Coffin (Democratic-Republican) 30.4%
Beriah Norton (Federalist) 17.4%
Jonathan Moore (Federalist) 13.4%
Scattering 6.3%

Second ballot (January 17, 1799):
Macajah Coffin (Democratic-Republican) 33.5%
Lemuel Williams (Federalist) 30.1%
Sam Savage 27.1%
Beriah Norton (Federalist) 9.3%

Third ballot (April 1, 1799):
Lemuel Williams (Federalist) 36.5%
Sam Savage 33.9%
Macajah Coffin (Democratic-Republican) 29.5%

Fourth ballot (June 6, 1799):
Lemuel Williams (Federalist) 46.6%
Sam Savage 27.2%
Macajah Coffin (Democratic-Republican) 26.2%

Fifth ballot (August 29, 1799):
Lemuel Williams (Federalist) 74.8%
Macajah Coffin (Democratic-Republican) 25.2%
Massachusetts 6
"2nd Southern district"
John Reed Sr. Federalist 1794 Incumbent re-elected. John Reed Sr. (Federalist) 58.0%
John Dwight 26.9%
Daniel Snow 15.1%
Massachusetts 7
"3rd Southern district"
Stephen Bullock Federalist 1797 Incumbent lost re-election.
New member elected.
Democratic-Republican gain.
First ballot (November 5, 1798):
Stephen Bullock (Federalist) 26.9%
Laban Wheaton (Federalist) 25.7%
Josiah Dean 23.6%
Phanuel Bishop (Democratic-Republican) 11.8%
Scattering 12.1%

Second ballot (January 17, 1799):
Stephen Bullock (Federalist) 33.3%
Josiah Dean 25.5%
Laban Wheaton (Federalist) 22.4%
Phanuel Bishop (Democratic-Republican) 18.9%

Third ballot (April 1, 1799):
Stephen Bullock (Federalist) 48.1%
Phanuel Bishop (Democratic-Republican) 41.3%
Josiah Dean10.6%

Fourth ballot (June 6, 1799):
Phanuel Bishop (Democratic-Republican) 52.1%
Stephen Bullock (Federalist) 47.9%
Massachusetts 8
"1st Middle district"
Harrison Gray Otis Federalist 1796 Incumbent re-elected. Harrison Gray Otis (Federalist) 55.9%
William Heath (Democratic-Republican) 43.6%
William Eustis (Democratic-Republican) 0.6%
Massachusetts 9
"2nd Middle district"
Joseph Bradley Varnum Democratic-
Republican
1795 Incumbent re-elected. Joseph Bradley Varnum (Democratic-Republican) 66.2%
Timothy Bigelow (Federalist) 33.8%
Massachusetts 10
"3rd Middle district"
Samuel Sewall Federalist 1796 Incumbent re-elected. Samuel Sewall (Federalist) 70.3%
Loammi Baldwin (Federalist) 20.5%
Scattering 9.2%
Massachusetts 11
"4th Middle district"
Bailey Bartlett Federalist 1797 (Special) Incumbent re-elected. Bailey Bartlett (Federalist) 100%
Massachusetts 12
District of Maine
"1st Eastern district"
Isaac Parker Federalist 1797 Incumbent retired.
New member elected.
Federalist hold.
Silas Lee (Federalist) 64.4%
Henry Dearborn (Democratic-Republican) 35.6%
Massachusetts 13
District of Maine
"2nd Eastern district"
Peleg Wadsworth Federalist 1793 Incumbent re-elected. Peleg Wadsworth (Federalist) 73.5%
Charles Tainer 26.5%
Massachusetts 14
District of Maine
"3rd Eastern district"
George Thatcher Federalist 1788 Incumbent re-elected. George Thatcher (Federalist) 65.5%
John Fairchild (Democratic-Republican) 34.5%

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