Harris Austin

On May 25, 1883, Harris Austin killed Thomas Elliott in Tishomingo, Chickasaw Nation. The killing followed an argument in which Elliott had accused Austin’s half-brother, Jonas Pearson, of stealing alcohol from him.

Nearly six years passed before he was arrested and jailed in April 1889.

Austin was convicted of murder on August 31, 1889, and was sentenced to death on November 1, 1889.

Harris Austin was hanged at Fort Smith on January 16, 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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