Commutations and Pardons of Capital Crimes: 1872-1890

Prior to 1890 there was no court of appeals for those found guilty of a capital crime. However, the President of the United States could pardon or commute sentences.

Name

Crime

Date Convicted

Date to be Executed

Final Disposition

George LeFlore

Murder

December 23, 1871

None

Died in jail, October 27, 1872, awaiting sentencing

John Broderick

Murder

December 4, 1872

April 3, 1874

Commuted to five years imprisonment

Robert T. Barber

Murder

July 2, 1873

Convicted of manslaughter, sentenced to three years in penitentiary at Little Rock

Frank Butler

Murder

May 27, 1875

September 3, 1875

Killed while attempting escape

Oscar Snow

Murder

June 7, 1875

September 3, 1875

Commuted to life imprisonment at Joliet, Illinois. Later pardoned

Black Crow

Murder

December 13, 1876

April 27, 1877

Commuted to life imprisonment at Moundsville, West Virginia

Irwing Perkins

Murder

December 16, 1876

April 27, 1877

Commuted to life imprisonment at Moundsville, West Virginia

Charles Thomas

Murder

December 27, 1877

April 27, 1877

Commuted to life imprisonment at Moundsville, West Virginia. Served six years, and then pardoned

William J. Meadows

Murder

September 18, 1877

January 18, 1878

Commuted to life imprisonment at Detroit, Michigan

Joshua Wade

Rape

September 29, 1877

January 18, 1878

Commuted to life imprisonment at Detroit, Michigan

Thomas Robinson

Murder

September 29, 1877

January 18, 1878

Commuted to life imprisonment at Detroit, Michigan

Carolina Grayson

Murder

December 13,1877

June 21, 1878

Commuted to life imprisonment at Detroit, Michigan

Peter Grayson

Murder

December 13, 1877

June 21, 1878

Commuted to life imprisonment at Detroit, Michigan

Man Lewis

Murder

December 13, 1877

June 21, 1878

Commuted to life imprisonment at Detroit, Michigan

Robert Love

Murder

December 13, 1877

June 21, 1878

Commuted to life imprisonment at Detroit, Michigan

Uriah M. Cooper

Murder

December 12, 1879

June 18, 1880

Commuted to life imprisonment at Detroit, Michigan

Jackson Marshal

Murder

December 19, 1879

June 18, 1880

Died in jail before execution date

James N. Heaslet

Murder

February 18, 1880

June 18, 1880

Commuted to life imprisonment at Detroit, Michigan

Lum Smith

Murder

September 23, 1880

December 17, 1880

Commuted to life imprisonment at Detroit, Michigan

Tulwaharjo

Murder

June 24, 1881

September 9, 1881

Granted a new trial; discharged

Sahquahnee

Murder

August 9, 1881

October 14, 1881

Commuted to life imprisonment at Detroit, Michigan

John Jacobs

Murder

November 17, 1882

April 13, 1883

Sentence commuted

Mat Music

Rape

July 14, 1883

July 11, 1884

Granted a full pardon

Barua Maha

Murder

March 29, 1883

July 11, 1884

Granted a new trial; discharged

Fanny Echols

Murder

December 18, 1883

July 11, 1884

Commuted to life imprisonment at Detroit, Michigan

Dan Jones

Murder

December 22, 1883

July 11, 1884

Commuted to life imprisonment at Detroit, Michigan.

William Dickson

Murder

September 8, 1884

April 17, 1885

Commuted to life imprisonment at Detroit, Michigan

Fred M. Ray

Murder

November 24, 1884

April 17, 1885

Commuted to life imprisonment at Detroit, Michigan

William Meadows

Murder

November 24, 1884

April 17, 1885

Commuted to life imprisonment at Detroit, Michigan

Mason Holcomb

Murder

December 20, 1884

April 17, 1885

Commuted to life imprisonment at Detroit, Michigan.

Robert Wolfe

Murder

July 25, 1885

April 23, 1886

Sentence commuted

Robinson Kemp

Murder

August 12, 1885

April 23, 1886

Commuted to life imprisonment at Detroit, Michigan

William Hamilton

Murder

August 14, 1885

None

Died in jail while awaiting sentence

Meredith Crow

Murder

October 2, 1885

April 23, 1886

Commuted to life imprisonment at Detroit, Michigan. Served nine years, and then pardoned

Luce Hammond

Murder

December 4, 1885

April 23, 1886

Commuted to life imprisonment at Detroit, Michigan

Hewahnackee

Murder

December 4, 1885

April 23, 1886

Commuted to life imprisonment at Detroit, Michigan

Monroe Wiley

Murder

December 4, 1885

April 23, 1886

Commuted to life imprisonment at Detroit, Michigan

Blue Duck

Murder

January 30, 1886

July 23, 1886

Commuted to life imprisonment at Menard, Illinois. Pardoned

John Parrott

Murder

March 11, 1886

January 14, 1887

Commuted to five years imprisonment at Menard, Illinois

Jeff Hilderbrand

Murder

August 2, 1887

April 27, 1888

Died in jail while awaiting execution

Richard Sutherland

Murder

September 14, 1887

April 27, 1888

Commuted to twenty-one years imprisonment in Little Rock, Arkansas

Bill Alexander

Rape

September 16, 1887

April 27, 1888

Commuted to life imprisonment at Little Rock, Arkansas

Emanuel Patterson

Murder

October 20, 1887

April 27, 1888

Commuted to life imprisonment

Lewis Burrows

Murder

September 15, 1888

January 25, 1889

Commuted to ten years imprisonment at Little Rock, Arkansas

Steve Bussel

Murder

September 27, 1888

April 19, 1889

Commuted to life imprisonment at Little Rock, Arkansas

William G. Sorder

Murder

October 12, 1888

January 25, 1889

Commuted to life imprisonment at Little Rock, Arkansas

George Brashears

Murder

November 2, 1888

April 19, 1889

Commuted to life imprisonment at Columbus, Ohio

William Woods

Murder

November 20, 1888

April 19, 1889

Pardoned

Henry Miller

Murder

November 20, 1888

April 19, 1889

Commuted to life imprisonment at Columbus, Ohio

Frank Capel

Murder

March 1, 1889

April 1889

Commuted to life imprisonment at Columbus, Ohio

Elsie James

Murder

March 22, 1889

July 17, 1889

Commuted to life imprisonment at Columbus, Ohio

Jo Martin

Murder

April 6, 1889

July 17, 1889

Commuted to life imprisonment at Columbus, Ohio

Madison James

Murder

September 4, 1889

January 16, 1890

Commuted to fifteen years at Detroit, Michigan

Charles Bullard

Murder

October 16, 1889

January 16, 1890

Commuted to life imprisonment at Columbus, Ohio. Served one year; pardoned

 

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