Sheppard Busby

Despite a history of questionable behavior and criminal allegations, Sheppard Busby served briefly as a United States Marshal in 1890 and 1891. On August 9, 1891, just months after leaving the service, Busby shot and killed U.S. Marshal Barney Connelly when Connelly attempted to serve him papers alleging adultery.

Busby, who was 58 years old, was a Civil War veteran of the Union Army. He was living with three much younger women at the time of the killing.

At trial in Fort Smith, Busby was convicted of murder on December 11, 1891, and sentenced to death on January 21, 1892.

Sheppard Busby was hanged in Fort Smith on April 27, 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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