Boudinot Crumpton

Samson Monroe Morgan, a white man from Georgia, and Boudinot Crumpton, a Cherokee, spent November 3, 1889, playing cards, drinking, and chasing women. After being seen traveling together late that afternoon, Crumpton returned alone, explaining that Morgan had received a job offer and had left Crumpton in charge of his effects and affairs.

The two men were long-time friends, which lent credibility to Crumpton’s story. Until Morgan’s body was found on Christmas Eve. Suspicion focused on Crumpton, who was arrested on December 27.

Taken to Fort Smith to stand trial, Crumpton was found guilty of murder on June 30, 1890, and sentenced to death on August 2.

Boudinot Crumpton was hanged at Fort Smith on June 30, 1892.

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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