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This Day in Boston History

October 27th, 1659

Quakers Executed for Belief

Religious Persecution in Boston
On this day William Robinson, Marmaduke Stevenson and Mary Dyer were brought to the Boston Common to have their death sentences carried out. The three had been exiled for their beliefs, but chose to return to Massachusetts to confront what they considered to be an unconscionable law.

Quakers in Massachusetts were punished by whipping, banishment, and the amputation of ears. Robinson and Stevenson professed their beliefs to onlookers as they were hung. As Mary Dyer stood with a noose tightened around her neck, as her husband pleaded for her life. Governor John Endicott stayed her execution and exiled her again with a final warning to be gone.

Mary Dyer would return to confront this law again, and would hang as her friends did on this day.


England's Prime Minister never expected this tea tax to cause an outcry, let alone revolution. In 1767, England reduced its property taxes at home. To balance the national budget they needed to find a mechanism for the American colonies to pay for the expense of stationing officials in them. The officials would generate their own revenue by collecting taxes on all imported goods, and once paid affixing stamps on them. This Stamp Tax generated more in the way of protests and smuggling than added revenue.

Religion. Politics. Rebellion. Boston’s pedigree was forged back in England in the midst of religious dissension, where Puritans and Pilgrims sought religious reform, and Cavaliers and Roundheads vied for political power. The question isn't where did Boston get its name – but how.

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