Romney left Massachusetts with a huge increase in its debt, raised fees in lieu of taxes, made the state 47th in job creation and only signed, not created, our health care law and ridiculed the state in speeches around the country while governor.Romney was a failure as governor because he increased the state's debt, made the state 47th in job creation, increased fees instead of taxes and ridiculed the state in speeches around the country while still governor.
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)
The Powder Alarm: on September 1, 1774, British general Thomas Gage, military Governor of Massachusetts Bay, ordered British troops to seize the gunpowder from the main provincial magazine near Boston in an effort to reduce the availability of powder and firearms to the Colonists. This attempt to control the colony's arms resulted in a surge in the efforts of the colonists to secure arms and munitions for the militia and is considered the dress rehearsal for the battles of Lexington and…
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.