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By Owen J. Hurd

Offers attention-grabbing anecdotes of recognized american citizens, together with Paul Revere, Richard Nixon and Eliot Ness.

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He once lobbied to replace the names of the days of the week—because of their “pagan” origins—with numbers. He also never missed an opportunity to speak out against the wearing of periwigs, presumably because they were a sign of vanity. One of the judges who flatly refused to admit error or apologize for his role in the Salem witch trials was John Hathorne. As chief justice of the court in charge of these trials, Hathorne took on the role of chief judge and prosecutor, berating defendants and passing harsh sentences despite flimsy evidence.

Cast adrift in the middle of the Pacific Ocean by Fletcher Christian and his band of mutineers, Bligh miraculously steered the small lifeboat nearly four thousand miles in forty-seven days, landing at Timor with all hands but one alive and well. He was later named governor of New South Wales in Australia, where he once again displayed his “unfortunate capacity for breeding rebellion,” leading to yet another mutiny, this one land based. Bligh was imprisoned in Sydney for more than a year. After his release he returned to England where he died in 1817.

Over the following five years, many involved in the proceedings began to entertain serious misgivings about what had taken place. One particularly guilt-stricken individual was Samuel Sewall, one of the magistrates who served on the special court presiding over the witch trials. Clearly susceptible to the influence of portents and omens, Sewall and his family suffered a number of personal tragedies in the years after the trials. Two of his young children died—one after suffering “fits” eerily reminiscent of the ones experienced by the young accusers.

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