1778The town voted against the proposed Constitution of Massachusetts.Events & Anniversaries, Government and Public Service, State Events, City Government

Minutes of Town Meeting, May 20, 1778. Gloucester Town Records, 1753-1800. Vol. 3, 1800. p. 216.
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Minutes of Town Meeting, May 20, 1778. Gloucester Town Records, 1753-1800. Vol. 3, 1800. p. 216.

The General Court, rather than a convention of delegates, drew up the first Massachusetts Constitution. It was rejected by Massachusetts voters primarily because it lacked both a declaration of individual rights and the separation of powers. This constitution also recognized slavery as a legal institution. The second version of the state Constitution, presented two years later in 1780, corrected these faults and was passed.

Gloucester Town Records, 1753-1800. Vol. 3, 1800, http://archive.org/details/townrecords17531800
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