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The Most Hated Man in Revolutionary Boston

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The Most Hated Man in Revolutionary Boston

June 4 @ 7:00 pm

woodcut showing shooting of Christopher Seider

Join us in welcoming historian and author John Bell to speak on  “As yet Unhanged”: Ebenezer Richardson and the Coming of the American Revolution. The focus is on Ebenezer Richardson, a customs agent and British informer convicted of shooting and killing a boy protesting outside of his house in 1770, making him “the most hated man in Boston.”   The incident provoked a similar response as the Boston Massacre less than two weeks later, and played a large role in turning public sentiment toward supporting an open rebellion. Over 1,000 people attended Seider’s funeral procession from Boston’s Liberty Tree.

Richardson was a well-known scoundrel with many connections in and around his native Woburn- including Stoneham, where his mother Abigail Johnson Richardson Gould, moved after her remarriage.

About the speaker: John Bell (who writes as J.L.Bell) is  a Massachusetts writer who specializes in (among other things) the start of the American Revolution in and around Boston. He is particularly interested in the experiences of children in 1765-75. He has published scholarly papers and popular articles for both children and adults and just published a book, The Road to Concord, which follows the fate of 4 cannon smuggled out of Boston to Concord – helping spark the Revolution.  Mr. Bell has been a consultant for History Detectives, contributed to a display at Minute Man National Historic Park and has produced other material for the National Park Service.  His research can be found at at


This program has been made possible by a grant from the Stoneham and Massachusetts Cultural Councils.



June 4
7:00 pm
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Stoneham Public Library
431 Main Street
Stoneham, MA 02180 United States
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