Counterfeiting in Danbury

Thomas J. Craughwell has written an outstanding book about the bizarre plot by a group of counterfeiters to steal the entombed body of Abraham Lincoln. This took place in 1876 and Craughwell has aptly entitled the book Stealing Lincoln’s Body. He has a chapter which reviews the world of counterfeiting. In it he makes reference to an incident during the American Revolution. The British were trying to destabilize the new American currency called continentals. Two distributors of the counterfeit currency, David Farnsworth and John Blair, were arrested in Danbury with ten thousand dollars worth of false continentals. They were subsequently tried and convicted and executed in Hartford on October 8, 1778.

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