Colonial Government

In 1691 the Massachusetts Bay Colony was given a second charter by the English rulers William and Mary. This document offered a large measure of self-government to colonial Massachusetts and Maine, and would remain in effect until the Convention of 1779 drew up a constitution after the American Revolution. During this time 3,117 men served in the General Court. This work (Legislators of the Massachusetts General Court, 1691-1780) by historian John A. Schutz idenitifies each of them and gives short descriptions of their activities both in and out of the legislature