I am President James Knox Polk

Independent Treasury?

President James Knox Polk photo

I suffered typhoid poisoning as Speaker of the House defending Andrew Jackson’s Bank War after he visited Stephen White of Salem. White was the banker behind Senator Daniel Webster who was Secretary of State for President Harrison who died one month into office of typhoid. In my presidency I was against a third national bank and created an Independent Treasury governed by Congress. For this I will be assassinated 3 months after leaving the presidency by typhoid by Daniel Webster and Henry Clay. A doctor who was at the death of Harrison of typhoid was on the river boat where I caught my own dose.

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I am President Zachary Taylor

I lasted 16 Months in Office

President Taylor Murdered?

You don’t know me. It is hard to be a famous president when you were assassinated 16 months into your presidency. Even worse when most people believe you ate a combination of strawberries, milk, and ice cream and died. My name is President Zachary Taylor and I was assassinated by typhoid poisoning by Daniel Webster and Henry Clay for my reluctance for making a third national bank. Plus I was not the first they got away with…

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I am Henry Clay

I was one of the three most powerful senators, but you don’t remember me

I first came to Salem to advise a rope maker on the advantages of hemp. Once in town I met John Quincy Adams and became his Secretary of State. I also met Daniel Webster who was one of the Triumphant of senators with me. We plotted and got away with assassinating 3 presidents trying to make the third national bank.

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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Haunted Knapp House

How is this House Connected to the Clue Board Game

Haunted Knapp House from Salem Ma. Joseph Knapp Sr. lived here while his two sons were standing trial and later hanged for a murder they did not commit. This was the murder case that inspired Parker Brother’s version of Clue. The house is haunted. A previous owner actually moved the house back one lot hoping the ghost would stay on the property and not in the house, but the proposal failed and the house is still haunted.

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Charles Bulfinch- Architect of the Capitol

More Conspiracy Dug Up From the Past

Charles Bulfinch Architect of the Capitol. Find out more at the Salem Tunnel Tour.
Charles Bulfinch

One of the most famous architects in Salem was Charles Bulfinch. In Salem he built the new building for the Essex Bank, the town asylum, and Old Town Hall.

Old Town Hall was built on the foundation of Elias Hasket Derby’s mansion. This was the last mansion he lived in before he died. The first was the little brick house on Derby Street his father had built for him when he married the daughter of the enemy in town. The second was what is now named the Hawkes House. Derby never finished this one, instead he opted to use it as secret warehouse for all of his booty his fleet yanked from the Brits at sea. The remaining house we have not mentioned yet was razed to build the Essex Lodge in 1918. All of his mansions were connected to the tunnels. When they built the  Mason Lodge  the new owners kept the foundation untouched and left the tunnels unfettered. The last mansion was sold to the town by relatives of Elias Hasket Derby Jr., who engineered the most daring expansion to the tunnels to date, to build the new town house and market.

Now Bulfinch was called to be the man on the job to build the new town house and market.  Bulfinch perfected the art of crafting buildings with secret entrances to the tunnels he had designed. In Salem this was a necessity for the majority of the wealthy who depended on this system to circumvent the custom agents. Granted the custom agents were smugglers too, but they did collect from the honest unconnected merchants. Bulfinch would build the State House in Boston as well, but his biggest project would call on him to be the one who finishes building the nation’s capitol. He became the Architect of the Capitol. Bulfinch was the original Warren Bellamy in Dan Brown’s Lost Symbol. He held the position from 1818 to 1829. He was appointed by James Monroe.

Old Town Hall Built by Charles Bulfinch. Find out more on the Salem Tunnel Tour.
Old Town Hall

In July of 1817  James Monroe had seen many of the homes that were connected to the tunnels. He visited the homes of Secretary of the Navy Benjamin Crowninshield , Superior Court Justice Joseph Story, Senator Nathaniel Silsbee, and Old Town Hall built by Bulfinch. Monroe might of been so impressed  by the network of tunnels that he hired Bulfinch to do the same for Washington D.C.

Bulfinch dug his way to the top by going through the bottom building homes for the wealthy and ended up  working for the government building their capitols and maintaining theirs secrets.

Tunnel leading from the Library of Congress.
Tunnel in D.C. You can see where part of the tunnel was sealed off.

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