The majority of people in any society are law-abiding citizens. But every society has a small percentage who commit crimes against other members of that society at least once. In some instances the types of crimes committed have evolved with social values and technical progress. The same can be said of the punishment meted out to those who break the law. In today's "civilized" world the murderer is not stoned to death, nor is the thief's hand cut off. Some of Ohio's criminals and the crimes they committed will appear in this section of the Ohio ALHN. You might also learn what punishment they received. One thing is certain, many of those appearing here were among society's blackest sheep.
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|OHIO PENITENTIARY WARDENS*
*The first five were called "Keepers."
||T. H. B. JONES
||John A. PRENTICE
||Preston E. THOMAS
||Charles C. WALCUTT
||J. C. WOODARD
||F. D. HENDERSON
|William M. GAULT
||G. S. INNIS
||R. W. ALVIS
||John G. GROVE
||B. C. SACKS
|W. B. VAN HOOK
||J. B. MCWHORTER
||E. L. MAXWELL
||B. F. DYER
||M. J. KOLOSKI
||H. J. CARDWELL
||L. G. RIDENOUR
|D. W. BROWN
||E. G. COFFIN
||As Correctional Medical Center
|A. G. DIMMOCK
||B. F. DYER
||S. M. PATTERSON
||C. C. JAMES
||As Correctional Medical & Reception Center
|J. B. BUTTLE
||E. G. COFFIN
||N. E. KETTE
||Wm. N. DARBY
||As Columbus Correctional Facility
|L. G. VAN SLYKE
||Edward A. HERSHEY
||D. R. MCKEEN
|John A. PRENTICE
||O. B. GOULD
||L. G. RIDENOUR
LYNCHINGS IN OHIO
For excellent background information, both historical and contemporary, about this subject see Rob Gallagher's site, Before the Needles.
For those who are curious about the term Lynch Law I offer the following found in The Portsmouth Times, Portsmouth, Ohio, June 30, 1860, page 4:
The origin of this term may be found in Historical Recollections of Virginia, by
Henry Howe. This is an extract:
Listed below are are some of the twenty-six (26) documented lynchings that took place in Ohio. I have tried to locate and present information about these victims of illegal executions (lynchings) that occurred in Ohio, and I will continue trying to locate additional victims and information.
Colonel Charles Lynch, a brother of the founder of Lynchburg, Va., was an officer of
the American Revolution.—His residence was on the Staunton road, in the south-west
part of this (Campbell) county, now the seat of his grandson, Charles Henry Lynch, Esq.
At that time this country was very thinly settled, and infested by a lawless band of
Tories and desperadoes. The necessity of the case involved desperate measures, and
Colonel Lynch, then a leading Whig, apprehended and had them punished without any superfluous legal ceremony. Hence the origin of the term, "Lynch Law." This practice of
Lynching continued years after the war, and was applied to many cases of mere suspicion of guilt, which could not be regularly proven.—"In 1792," says Wirt's Life of
Henry, "there were many suits on the south side of [the] James River for inflicting
William "Old Bill" TERRY, lynched, Manchester Township, Adams County, 22 November 1856
Absalom KIMBLE & Andrew McCLOUD (possibly a third man) lynched, Celina, Mercer County, 9 July 1872
Jeff. DAVIS (AKA John MILLER) lynched Ragersville, Tuscarawas County, Ohio, 20 July 1873
James SCHELL/SHELL lynched Bellefontaine, Logan County, 4 September 1875
William TAYLOR, lynched in Erie County on 4 September 1878
Christopher C. DAVIS lynched Athens, Athens County, Ohio, 21 November 1881
Albert GUEST lynched New Straitsville, Perry County, Ohio, 22 May 1885
William BALES lynched Kenton, Hardin County, Ohio, 9 April 1892
Henry CORBIN lynched Oxford, Butler County, Ohio, 14 January 1892
An unidentified black man lynched Millersburg, Holmes County, Ohio, 1 April 1892
Roscoe PARKER lynched West Union, Adams County, Ohio, 12 January 1894
Seymour NEWLIN (AKA Seymour NEVILLE) lynched Rushsylvania, Logan County, Ohio, 15 April 1894
Noah ANDERSON lynched New Richmond, Clermont County, Ohio, 21 August 1895
Charles MITCHELL lynched Urbana, Champaign County, Ohio, 4 June 1897
Richard DICKERSON lynched Springfield, Clark County, Ohio, 7 March 1904
Luke MARION lynched Ironton, Lawrence County, Ohio, 11 June 1932
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