James Halligan (1778–1806)

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James Halligan (1778–5 June 1806) was an Irishman who emigrated to America and lived and worked in Boston. He and Dominic Daley were arrested on November 12, 1805 and convicted for the murder of Marcus Lyon. They protested their innocence, and Jean-Louis Lefebvre de Cheverus, a priest from Boston came, with great personal risk, to assist them in their last moments. An estimated 15,000 people came to Northampton to view the execution.

On St. Patrick's Day, 1984, Governor Michael Dukakis issued a proclamation exonerating Daley and Halligan.[1]

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