Edmund Campbell

Campbell was a 20-year old Black man raised in the Choctaw Nation in the southeastern corner of Indian Territory. North of there in the Cherokee Nation on February 18, 1875, Campbell and his younger brother, Sam, and half-brother, Frank Butler, killed Lawson Ross and a young girl.

The murder was in retaliation a wrong done to Campbell’s parents by Ross.

St. Louis Globe-Democrat, July 15, 1875

At trial before Judge Parker, Edmund Campbell and Butler were found guilty. Prior to sentencing, Butler was killed while trying to escape. Campbell was sentenced to death.

Along with five other men, each sentenced to death for a separate murder, Edmund Campbell was hanged on September 3, 1875.

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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