Antonio Maria Trujillo

In the midst of the Mexican-American War (1846-1848), when the border between the United States and Mexico and the sovereign status of New Mexico were being contested, Antonio Trujillo, an American citizen, was a Mexican military official operating north of the Rio Grande River.

In events known as the Taos Revolt, Mexico directed Trujillo to issue orders for Mexicans to take up arms against the United States. When he did, his role became treasonous.

Trujillo was arrested. On March 16, 1847, he was tried for treason in U.S. District Court, found guilty, and sentenced to death.

After the Supreme Court affirmed his conviction and President Polk declined to intervene, Trujillo was hanged in Santa Fe on April 16, 1847.

Author: Bill Lofquist

I am a sociologist and death penalty scholar at the State University of New York at Geneseo. I am also a Pittsburgh native. My present research focuses on the history of the death penalty in Allegheny County (Pittsburgh), Pa. This website is dedicated to collecting, analyzing, and sharing information about all Allegheny County cases in which a death sentence was imposed. Please share any questions or comments, errors or omissions, or other matters of interest related to these cases or to the broader history of the death penalty in Allegheny County.

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