Henri Stewart

Henri Stewart was born in the Choctaw Nation to a Choctaw father and a white mother. Though accounts of his education and employment vary, he was well educated and trained as a physician.

Why he did not continue to work in that field is not clear. In 1874, he was tried and acquitted on grand larceny charges.

Oswego Independent, March 14, 1874

In 1878, he and his cousin, Wiley Stewart, were arrested for selling alcohol in Indian Territory. When an associate, Dr. Jones, refused to bail them out, they threatened him and, ultimately, shot and killed him in Caddo, Indian Territory.

The Stewarts then fled. Henri Stewart was arrested in Missouri on August 30, 1878. Transported to Fort Smith, he was convicted and sentenced to death in June 1879.

Henri Stewart was hanged at Fort Smith on September 5, 1879.

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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