Tweed Courthouse

I don’t know why it is, but anytime I have to read anything about Boss Tweed, a famously corrupt New York politician from the 19th century, I fall asleep. For some reason I found this history relentlessly tedious, not fascinating. That said, I have 52 pages of research from retired Sgt. Michael E.J. Bosak about him and a voting scandal from 1870. I have high hopes for this paper!

This is a shot from a courthouse he had built and which led to his downfall. Funnily enough, considering his history of voter fraud, it’s a voting site! This is where I’ve been assigned the past two times (I’m a poll worker.) I hope this is where I’ll be for the presidential election. Actually, I really wish I was working the poll site where I vote, just blocks away from where I live, but that won’t happen. The Tweed Courthouse is beautiful though, so it’s a nice 2nd choice.


Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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