The Mabee Farm Historic Site will host “Schenectady’s Struggle for Democracy” with Historian John Gearing, Saturday, November 5th at 2 pm.
Lawyer and historian John Gearing will cover decades of political intrigue, drawn-out lawsuits, and citizens’ voices going unheard through the road to Schenectady’s democracy.
Although Schenectady was founded in 1661, it was over 100 years before its citizens enjoyed a democratic form of government. The intervening years saw a protracted struggle between the people and two groups of Dutch oligarchs for control of the town, marked by voter fraud, double-dealing, recounts and a decades-long legal battle.
The Mabee Farm Historic Site is located at 1100 Main St, Rotterdam Junction. The event cost is $5; free for SCHS members.
John Gearing is an attorney, aerospace engineer, and author of a forthcoming book on Schenectady’s history, Schenectady Genesis, Vol 2: Evolution 1760-1798 to be published shortly by SUNY Press. He is a graduate of Bates College, The Georgia Institute of Technology, and the University of Connecticut School of Law.