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  • proper n. A follower of Daniel Shays during his 18th-century armed rebellion in New England.

Etymologies

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Shays +‎ -ite

Examples

  • He spoke of the “black cloud” that had spread over the western part of the state during the previous winter, bringing anarchy and then tyranny: Shaysite insurgents “would rob you of your property, threaten to burn your houses; oblige you to be on your guard night and day.”

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  • DHRC VI: 1407 and, on Whitney, who was “an active Shaysite sympathizer,” n.2 at 1407, and account by Dalton, February 3, DHRC VII: 1569.

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  • Dr. John Taylor, the debt-ridden delegate from the Shaysite town of Douglass in Worcester County, noted that under the Articles of Confederation delegates to Congress were elected annually, could serve for only a limited term no delegate could serve “for more than three years in any term of six years”, and could be recalled by their state in midterm.

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  • A militia that had been raised as a private army defeated an attack on the federal Springfield Armory by the main Shaysite force on February 3, 1787.

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  • General Josiah Whitney, a Shaysite sympathizer who represented the town of Harvard, said much the same thing; and Daniel Cooley, whose Amherst constituents had instructed him to vote “nay” and who did so, he said, in keeping with “the dictates of his own conscience,” announced that he accepted the majority’s decision and would try to “convince his constituents of the propriety of its adoption.”

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  • For a careful description of what happened to the Shaysite insurgents under the Bowdoin and Hancock administrations, see Robert A. Feer, Shays’s Rebellion New York and London, 1988, a 1958 Harvard Ph.D. dissertation published by Garland Press in dissertation form, esp.

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