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This Day in Boston History

April 26th, 1933

In Cod We Trust

On this day the Sacred Cod was "codnapped" from the House of Representatives by members of the Harvard Lampoon. The five foot carved codfish was a gift in 1780 to the House to remind them of the importance of the fishing industry.

The House promptly recessed until the carved mascot was either returned, or replaced. The Lampoon students quickly returned the cod, thus allowing government in Massachusetts to continue.


 


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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