Journal of William Maclay, United States Senator from Pennsylvania, 1789-1791

William Maclay, one of the first two senators from Pennsylvania, was a man of strong opinions. Within two months of the opening of the first session of Congress, he had begun to keep a diary, which he continued almost daily for the three sessions of the 1st Congress. Because Senate sessions were closed to the public until 1795, his is one of the few accounts of Senate floor activity in the early Congresses. This website offers excerpts from the 1891 edition of his diary edited by Edgar S. Maclay, a descendant. It also contains biographical information on Maclay.

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Pennsylvania and the New Nation

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