Dalton’s namesake, Tristram Dalton, was born in Newbury-port Massachusetts on March 4, 1738. He graduated from Harvard College in 1755 in a class that also included John Adams. Afterwards he studied law and was admitted to the bar, but did not practice, instead he pursued a career as a merchant. Dalton served as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1782-1785. He served as a Massachusetts State Senator from 1786-1788.
His grandson, Edward White, laid out the city of Dalton, Ga donating land for a city park and church sites. The city was named in honor of Senator Dalton and his daughter Mary, mother of Captain White.