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Watch Officer Jonathan Houghton | Boston Watch, Massachusetts Boston Watch, Massachusetts

Watch Officer

Jonathan Houghton

Boston Watch, Massachusetts

End of Watch: Monday, December 19, 1825

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 61

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Assault

Incident Date: 12/12/1825

Weapon: Edged weapon; Axe

Offender: Hung

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Watch Officer Jonathan Houghton succumbed to wounds received while on duty one week earlier when he was attacked by a man with an axe. It is not known what provoked the attack. The man was convicted and hung in March 1826.

Watch Officer Houghton was survived by his wife and 15 children. His widow received a pension of one year's wages.

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It is now 190 years since your murder. You have NOT been forgotten.

God Bless.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.
December 19, 2015

 

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