The Salem Witch Trials began in June 1692 were presided over by Chief Justice William Stoughton. The first to go to trial be hanged was Bridget Bishop. 13 women 4 men, would follow. An additional man Giles Corey was "pressed," crushed to death with large heavy stones, as he steadfastly refused to plead guilty to the witchcraft. In October 1692 trials ended, when the court was dismissed by the Governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony, William Phipps ruled "spectral evidence" was not allowable.
Elbridge Gerry (1744-1814) is the only singer of the Declaration of Independence buried in the mid-Atlantic region. After the Revolutionary War, he served in the MA legislature and was governor when a redistricting bill became the butt of political jokes because a major district looked like a salamander, thus "Gerrymander" into the political lexicon.(R29/S9)
Mitt Romney is an American businessman and politician who served as the 70th Governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007. He was the Republican Party's nominee for President of the United States in the 2012 election. #Bobblehead #RoyalBobbles