March 5: The “Mad Poet,” McDonald Clarke, died in his jail cell on this date in 1842 by drinking water until he drowned.
March 4: On this date in 1841, engineer David Bates Douglass‘s brilliant plan for the design of Green-Wood Cemetery was adopted by its board of trustees.
March 3: “Boss” Tweed, who in a long career made his name synonymous with corruption and theft from the public coffers on a massive scale, was born on this date in 1823.
March 2: John Eberhard Faber, pencil manufacturer in Greenpoint who put the eraser on the pencil, died on this date in 1879.
March 1: Civil War Colonel Leopold Von Gilsa, a Prussian soldier who came to America and fought for the Union, then sold pianos after the war, died on this date in 1870.