The first prison in the United States was constructed in 1676. It was located in Nantucket, MA and William Bunker was hired as the overseer on November 16, 1676. The local court agreed to pay him “foeur pounds, halfe in wheat, the other in other graine.”
Kane, Joseph Nathan, Steven Anzovin and Janet Podell. Famous First Facts. 5th ed. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1997, 162.
Photo via Nantucket Historical Association.