Jefferson Jones

Henry Wilson left Leflore, Choctaw Nation, for Polk County, Arkansas, on March 12, 1889. He was going to get a horse for a local farmer and would be traveling alone.

When Wilson did not arrive at his destination, a search began. That search ultimately led to Jefferson Jones, who admitted to shooting Wilson but claimed he did so in self-defense.

Jones, who was Choctaw, was tried in federal court in Fort Smith. He was convicted of murder on October 12, 1889, and sentenced to death on November 1, 1889.

Jefferson Jones was hanged 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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