Samuel Peters

After trying and failing to obtain a gun, Samuel Peters, a Choctaw, went to the home of James Hanson, who had previously accused him of stealing, and killed his wife, Charity, a white woman. The killing occurred near Stringtown, Choctaw Nation, in October 1875.

James Hanson was not home at the time.

A posse was formed to track down Peters, who was arrested soon after. He had blood on his clothes.

At trial in Fort Smith, Peters was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. He was hanged on September 8, 1876.

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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