I am Daniel Webster

Sam the Eagle was Inspired by Me

Daniel Webster photo

I shaped the Constitution, I was one of the three most powerful senators, director of two branches of the Second Bank of the United States, prosecutor of the real murder Clue is based on, the real Sam the Eagle from the Muppets, a traitor at the Hartford Convention, agent of Barings/ Bank of England, and I assassinated 3 presidents. Senator Henry Clay helped, but along the way we killed off members of each other’s family…

For more info read Sub Rosa by Christopher Jon Luke Dowgin!

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Vintage Salem Morning!

Salem Common

Salem Common. The largest house in the center is the home of Senator Nathaniel Silsbee, now the home of the Knights of Columbus. This home was purchased from bribes by Joshua Bates, an agent for Barring Brothers Bank, to lobby for the creation of The Second Bank of the United States. The First Bank of the United States just lost its charter in 1811 when the house was built. Bates went to several men in Salem and bribed them to help create the new bank. Both bank’s charters were let to lapse because it was found that over 70% of our treasury ended up in the hands of the British.  Silsbee became a director of the Second Bank of the United States in Boston.

After the war of 1812 and the failed Hartford Convention, President James Monroe visited this home to help heal the wounds of the Hartford Convention by appointing the Federalists Silsbee, Joseph Story, Daniel Webster, and Stephen White to directorships in The Second Bank of the United States he would create. He also toured Salem’s underground through this house with Charles Bulfinch who he would hire to build the tunnels in Washington D.C.

For more info read Sub Rosa by Chris Dowgin available at Jolie Tea, Remember Salem, Wicked Good Books, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.com.

Timothy Pickering and the Hartford Convention

He was Once Secretary of State for Two Presidents….

Engraving of Timothy Pickering

The Hartford Convention. The first time secession was planned was way before the Civil War and it was led by Salem’s Essex Junto. Timothy Pickering who had served Washington and Adams as Secretary of State led this group at Hartford during the War of 1812. Massachusetts already pulled financial and military aid from the war when the Junto went to the convention. By the time they left to gather in Hartford Connecticut, the peace treat was signed in Ghent across the ocean. By the time they got to Washington D.C. with their resolutions Jackson and Lafitte just defeated Wellington’s army in New Orleans. By the time they returned to Salem everyone knew the war was over.

For more info read Sub Rosa to find out how Salem shaped America and your lives! Available at Remember Salem, Jolie Tea, Wicked Good Books, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.com.

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