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Submitted: 9/13/20 • Approved: 9/14/20 • Last Updated: 9/14/20 • R17195-G17195
1673 - November 3, 1718
A native of Boston, Massachusetts, he was the first person to be a lighthouse keeper in the United States, and the first to die in the line of duty. Worthylake worked as the lighthouse keeper of the Boston Light on Little Brewster Island for the General Court of Massachusetts. On November 3, 1718, while returning from a trip to pick up his pay, the canoe that he was in capsized and he drowned, along with his wife and daughter. He was the inspiration for the poem, "Lighthouse Tragedy", by Benjamin Franklin.
1678 - 3 Nov 1718
1703 - November 3, 1718
Contributed on 9/13/20 by tomtodd
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