Who Was Nathaniel Hurd?

Nathaniel Hurd lived in colonial Boston, where he was a silversmith and an engraver.  Hurd was a Mason, and was in the same lodge as Paul Revere.  While we don’t know if he was active politically, we do know that he witnessed the beginning of the Boston Massacre (and had his hat nearly knocked off by a soldier’s bayonet), which many believe to be an important event leading to the American Revolution. Hurd testified at the Massacre inquest about the killing of Crispus Attucks, an African American now considered to be the first patriot killed in the Revolution.