A Spurious George family history
Laura Bush, while working as a librarian, discovered that her husband's bastard great-great uncle, Chadsworth Walker Bush, a fellow lacking in character and thus purged from official family histories, was hanged for bank robbery and stock fraud in Connecticut in 1899. The only known photograph of Chadsworth W. Bush shows him standing on the gallows platform. On the back of the picture is this inscription: "Chadsworth W. Bush; stock swindler, sent to Connecticut Prison 1893, escaped 1897, robbed the Hartford National Bank six times. Caught by Pinkerton detectives, convicted and hanged in 1899."
After letting the staff of professional image consultants at the RNC peruse the findings, they decided to crop Chadsworth W. Bush's picture, scan it in as an enlarged image, and edit it with image processing software so that the biographical sketch that was sent to the Associated Press as follows:
And thus passed the very first "hanging Chad."
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