McClish Impson

As a juvenile, McClish Impson was introduced into the adult world of crime by his father. At age 17, in early 1873, Impson, a member of the Choctaw Nation, killed a white man (whose identity was never determined) in Boggy Depot, a formerly prominent town in present-day south central Oklahoma. Robbery was his motive.

After boasting of the crime to associates, those associated notified authorities and Impson was arrested.

Impson first appeared in court in Fort Smith on November 17, 1873. His trial, which would not occur for another year, resulted in a conveiction and death sentence.

Helena (Montana) Independent-Record, January 5, 1875

On January 15, 1875, 19-year old McClish Impson was hanged at Fort Smith, Arkansas. He is reported to have confessed from the gallows.

His was the last execution in the Western Arkansas District Court, long tainted by allegations of corruption, not presided over by Judge Parker.

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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