Faneuil Hall


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Peter Faneuil, a wealthy merchant, built Faneuil Hall as a center for commerce in 1742. Today it is still a place of business with landmark stalls of shops on the first floor, but it is the second floor meeting hall that has the greater legacy.

It was at Faneuil Hall in 1764 that Bostonians protested against the Sugar Act, working towards the doctrine of no taxation without representation. Gatherings to protest the Stamp Act, the Townshend Act, and the military occupation of Boston would follow. A statue of Samuel Adams stands in front of Faneuil Hall, where some of his most significant work was done by dominating town meetings and staging a funeral for the victims of the Boston Massacre.

The third floor is Headquarters for the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts, the third oldest chartered military organization in the world and the oldest in the western hemisphere.

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Associated People

[King] George was unswervingly loyal to people he trusted and ideas he believed to be true; and he behaved in ways that a modern psychologist might interpret as obsessive. As a young man he would, for example, eat virtually the same dinner every day of his adult life (bread, soup, beets or turnips, and mutton — varying only on Sundays, when he allowed himself roast beef). The regularity of his tastes bespoke a deeper hunger for order.

Fred Anderson
Crucible of War: The Seven Years’ War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754 - 1766 (2000)