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This Day in Boston History

July 19th, 1860

Lizzie Andrew Borden

Born on this day to the wealthiest family in town, at age 32 Lizzie Borden was accused of murder, leading to a sensationalized murder trail. No physical evidence connected her to the crime and police evidence tampering was recognized during the trial. Fall River sentiment ran strongly in support of Borden's innocence. Her defense was orchestrated by former Governor, George Robinson, who accepted a hefty retainer to serve as defense council.

After a thirteen-day trial, the community celebrated when she was acquitted after only one hour of jury deliberation.
Borden remained the focus of media speculation about the unsolved murder. She became a recluse living from her substantial inheritance in one of the town's largest home's. Town sentiment eventually turned against her, and the wrongly accused Lizzie became the girl of "forty whacks" who got away with murder.


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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