Massachusetts becomes one of “The Federal Pillars.” From the Centinel, 1789.

Here’s how one writer explained Federal Burt’s unique name and gave it some context. “As the new government under the federal constitution convened [at the time of his birth], his Christian name is ascribed to that circumstance. There are names in our country originating in greater caprice,–as Mr Preserved Fish, a sound merchant of New York, and Mr Adam Eve, who died lately in Penn., at a great age, and Mr Pickled Ham of Maine, who has not yet turned to corruption.” From the Christian Mirror, Feb.15, 1828; appeared also in other publications

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