• Rifle Regiment arriving at Belle Point, 1817. Artwork by Michael Haynes

    Fort Smith

    National Historic Site AR,OK

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July 11, 1884 Execution

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Three men were executed in Fort Smith on July 11, 1884. They had been found guilty of three separate crimes. John Davis killed a traveler in the Choctaw Nation in 1883. Jack Womankiller killed a settler in the Cherokee Nation. Thomas Thompson stabbed and beat James O'Holleran to death, throwing the body in a well to escape discovery. Neighbors of the murdered man grew suspicious at his disappearance and mounted a search that located the victim. The motive for each of these crimes was apparently robbery.

Did You Know?

deputy marshals pose with their rifles for a formal portrait

Fort Smith National Historic Site has records of over 1,770 people employed by the Federal Court for the Western District of Arkansas from 1872-1896. The majority of these employees were U.S. Deputy Marshals.