Lewis Holder

George Bickford was last seen alive hunting with Lewis Holder near Wilburton, Indian Territory in December 1891.

When a body found on January 29, 1892, was identified as Bickford, Holder was arrested. Bickford’s property was found in his possession, which Holder explained he had purchased from him. Under questioning, Holder acknowledged killing Bickford, though he claimed to have acted in self-defense.

At trial in August 1892, Holder’s claim of self-defense failed and he was convicted of murder. On September 23, he was sentenced to death.

Lewis Holder was hanged at Fort Smith on July 25, 1894.

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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