The William F. Buckley Clause of the Massachusetts Constitution of 1780

Buckley 1963: “I am obliged to confess that I should sooner live in a society governed by the first two thousand names in the Boston telephone directory than in a society governed by the two thousand faculty members of Harvard University.”

John Adams, Massachusetts Constitution of 1780 (emphasis added): “No person holding the office of judge of the supreme judicial court — secretary — attorney-general — solicitor-general — treasurer or receiver-general — judge of probate — commissary-general — president, professor, or instructor of Harvard College — sheriff — clerk of the house of representatives — register of probate — register of deeds — clerk of the supreme judicial court — clerk of the inferior court of common pleas — or officer of the customs, including in this description naval officers — shall at the same time have a seat in the senate or house of representative.” But by an amendment enacted in Nov. 6, 1877 (should it be a day that will live in infamy?), the Harvard Ineligibility Clause was annulled.