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By Fred Harvey Harrington

Isaac C. Parker, the strict U.S. pass judgement on for Indian Territory from 1875 to 1896, introduced legislations and order to a lawless frontier area. He held court docket within the border urban of castle Smith, Arkansas, yet his jurisdiction prolonged over the Indian tribal lands to the west. urgent juries for convictions, Parker despatched seventy-nine convicted criminals to the gallows-as many as six at a time. extra ofen than now not, although, he handed sentences on hundreds of thousands of liquor buyers, rapists, and livestock and horse thieves-even throwing Belle Starr within the prison for stealing a horse from a crippled boy.

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Isaac C. Parker, the strict U. S. pass judgement on for Indian Territory from 1875 to 1896, introduced legislations and order to a lawless frontier quarter. He held court docket within the border urban of fortress Smith, Arkansas, yet his jurisdiction prolonged over the Indian tribal lands to the west. urgent juries for convictions, Parker despatched seventy-nine convicted criminals to the gallows-as many as six at a time.

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District Court for the Western District of Arkansas for twenty-one years (18751896), he tried cases not only from his primary jurisdiction but also from Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma). S. District Court in Arkansas, with its seat in Little Rock. When the national lawmakers divided this federal bench in 1851, they appended the Indian lands to the newly created Western District Court, headquartered in Van Buren, Arkansas. Twenty years later, the court relocated to nearby Fort Smith. One reason for this attachment was to obtain the Arkansans necessary to serve as jurors for cases arising in Indian Territory.

A. D. at New York University. He then joined the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, but three years later he became the chair of the Department of History at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. In 1944 Harrington returned to the University of Wisconsin, where he had a long and distinguished career in the Department of History and in various administrative positions, eventually serving as president of the university. While Harrington's scholarly training and primary field of writing was in American diplomatic history, his brief stay in northwestern Arkansas was sufficient to introduce him to that region's most famous character, Judge Isaac C.

Reverend Sample spoke a brief, impressive prayer. The doomed men joined their voices in two hymns which seemed to fit the occasionCome Let Us Join Our Friends Above Page 37 and Nearer My God To Thee. Then, after hands were clasped for one last time, black robes were wrapped around the prisoners. Arms were bound securely with stout cord and the condemned men were moved to their assigned positions. Guards adjusted the black caps that were to shut out the light forever, and slipped on the nooses. "Lord Jesus receive me," called one of those about to die.

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