. After serving five terms as Mayor of Boston, Josiah Quincy failed to receive a majority
of all the votes cast in the municipal election in December 1828. A second ballot
was taken with the same result. Thereupon the Mayor published a note stating that
“no consideration would induce him to again accept the office,” and Harrison Gray
Otis was elected without opposition (Winsor, Memorial History of Boston
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2017.