In 1888, Theodore Cogswell tore down the 1660 Dodge House in Ipswich, Mass., and built this ginormous Victorian house for his daughter and her husband, George Farley, owner of Farley and Daniels shoe company.
Cogswell was a grocer as well as clerk and treasurer of the Ipswich Savings Bank.
However, the most famous member of the family was General Michael Farley, a Provincial Congress representative from 1766-1774. General Farley met French nobleman, Marquis de Lafayette. While taking his hat off to salute Lafayette, he accidentally removed his wig as well.
When Lafayette visited the United States in 1824, he hinted at this most unusual salutation.