United States Statutes at Large/Volume 3/16th Congress/1st Session/Chapter 39

United States Statutes at Large, Volume 3
United States Congress
Public Acts of the Sixteenth Congress, 1st Session, Chapter 39

April 7, 1820.
Chap. XXXIX.—An Act for apportioning the representatives in the seventeenth Congress, to be elected in the state of Massachusetts and Maine, and for other purposes.[1]

Act of March 3, 1820, ch. 19.
Massachusetts to choose only 13 representatives in the 17th Congress.
And Maine, 7 representatives.
In case of vacation of the seat of a representative in the 16th Congress, elected for Massachusetts, being an inhabitant of Maine, his successor to be an inhabitant of Maine also.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That, in the election of representatives in the seventeenth Congress, the state of Massachusetts shall be entitled to choose thirteen representatives only; and the state of Maine shall be entitled to choose seven representatives, according to the consent of the legislature of the said state of Massachusetts, for this purpose given by their resolve passed on the twenty-fifth day of January last, and prior to the admission of the state of Maine into the Union.

Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That if the seat of any of the representatives in the present Congress, who were elected in and under the authority of the state of Massachusetts, and who are now inhabitants of the state of Maine, shall be vacated by death, resignation, or otherwise, such vacancy shall be supplied by a successor, who shall, at the time of his election, be an inhabitant of the state of Maine.

Approved, April 7, 1820.

  1. See note to act of December 21, 1811, ch. 9, vol. ii. 669, referring to the acts apportioning the representatives in Congress according to the enumeration of the inhabitants of the United States, conforming to the returns of the census.