George Tobler

On April 29, 1889, Irwin Richardson was shot and killed while performing at a dance held by a group of Black residents of the Choctaw Nation. George Tobler, who had quarreled with Richardson earlier in the day, fired the shot.

Tobler was immediately arrested and sent to Fort Smith to be held for trial.

George Tobler was convicted of murder on September 19, 1889, and sentenced to death in October. Originally scheduled to hang on January 19, 1890, Tobler’s execution was respited briefly. Tobler was hanged at Fort Smith on January 30, 1890.

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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