Mystic Congregational Church Bell Historical

Mystic Congregational Church Bell Historical (HM1XR2)

Location: Medford, MA 02155 Middlesex County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 24.748', W 71° 6.661'

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This bell is an integral part of the history of Medford. It was cast in 1860 by Henry N. Hooper Company of Boston with a 44 inch diameter, 1,700 lbs. weight, in F Sharp.
The bell was constructed for the presidential campaign of the Constitutional Union Party candidates John Bell (president) and Edward Everett (vice-president) with the inscription: "Massachusetts for the Union, the Constitution and the Enforcement of the Laws". On the opposite side were the words "Bell & Everett, 1860". In that year the bell, mounted on a dray and accompanied by several men to ring it, was pulled by six white horses throughout Massachusetts.
Days after Lincoln's victory, the Trinitarian Society purchased the bell from the State Committee of the Constitutional Union Party with insurance money from their fire ravaged church at 44 High Street. The Trinitarians had already donated one hundred silver dollars to be melted into the bell when it was cast. In 1874 the bell was moved the the remodeled Mystic Congregational Church at 30 Salem Street. It remained there until 1990 when the weakened steeple was removed from the New England Baptist Church. The bell was purchased by the City of Medford and moved to this location through the efforts of Mayor Michael McGlynn and the Medford City Council.
HM NumberHM1XR2
Year Placed1990
Placed ByMedford Historical Society
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Date Added Tuesday, April 11th, 2017 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 326300 N 4697732
Decimal Degrees42.41246667, -71.11101667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 24.748', W 71° 6.661'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 24' 44.88" N, 71° 6' 39.66" W
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Area Code(s)617, 781, 978, 339
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 181-191 Main St, Medford MA 02155, US
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