Lincoln Sprole

Father and son Benjamin and Alexander Clark farmed near Pauls Valley, Chickasaw Nation. Lincoln Sprole, known as peaceful and not particularly bright, farmed neighboring land with a man named Perry.

In May 1885, Sprole and Perry got into an argument with Alexander Clark, whose reputation suggested trouble. Neighbors who intervened to calm tensions found Sprole and Perry armed and waiting for Clark. When Clark arrived, trouble seemed imminent until Ben Clark came and took Alex home.

The next day, Benjamin and Alexander Clark were found shot in their wagon. Before dying, both identified Sprole as the shooter.

After fleeing into Kansas, Sprole was arrested and returned to Fort Smith to await trial. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to death in May 1886. Lincoln Sprole was hanged on July 23, 1886.

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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