On Thursday, January 27, at 6:00 p.m., the History Room at the Hudson Area Library in collaboration with the Jacob Leisler Institute for the Study of Early New York History presents Fanatic or Martyr: Jacob Leisler, a Window into an Age, a talk by Dr. David Voorhees.
On May 16, 1691, Jacob Leisler, de facto governor of New York, was hanged until half dead, then beheaded before the largest gathering in New York City up to that time. Leisler's administration had created a bitter division in New York. This presentation looks at how the deep emotions Leisler aroused reveal much about the milieu in which he lived and continued to echo in historical evaluations. Moreover, Leisler's immediate family and their households of servants and enslaved persons, their trade and marital connections, and their actions provide insights into the broader social, ideological, economic, artistic, and political events of colonial New York and its place in the larger world at a time of tremendous change.
The talk takes place on Zoom. For more information and to register to receive the Zoom link, click here.