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Author Some factual quibbles

Joe Ross
Joined: Jul 2006
Jul 20, 2006 22:52

A great article, as usual, but I have a couple of quibbles with the facts.

For one thing, the mention of Berkshire and Franklin Counties. There was no Franklin County in 1801. Franklin and Hampden Counties were established in 1811 out of Hampshire County. "Berkshire and Hampshire Counties" would have been a lot better, since Western Massachusetts consisted of those two counties at that time.

Second, the town of Otis was so named in 1810, which is a little late for it to have been named after James Otis. I don't remember the source, but I once read a story to the effect that it was named after a state senator named Otis, from whom the town's representative wanted a favor.

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Joined: Oct 2007
Jul 21, 2011 06:16

The Town of Otis was incorporated in 1810 and "named after Harrison Gray Otis, an influential lawyer, financier,
and politician in revolutionary Massachusetts."
The foregoing was obtained from Wikipedia.

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Joe Ross
Joined: Jul 2006
Jul 21, 2011 20:29

That would be totally consistent, since, again according to Wikipedia, Harrison Gray Otis was president of the State Senate from 1808 to 1811.

According to the book "Historical Data Relating to Counties, Cities and Towns in Massachusetts," published by the Secretary of the Commonwealth in 1975, the town was incorporated as Loudon in 1773 and renamed Otis in 1810.

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