History – Bathsheba Spooner

May 13, 2022


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Bathsheba Spooner was the first woman executed after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Convicted of masterminding the murder of her husband this loyalist to the crown was hung on July 2, 1778 before a crowd of 5,000 in the public square in Worcester.  Her body lies in an unmarked grave in Green Hill Park. Historian and author Ed Londergan tells us her story.  A story populated by familiar names such as Levi Lincoln, who was her defense attorney and Thomas Paine, original signer of the Declaration of Independence who prosecuted her. 

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