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James E. Armstrong
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Birth: 1879
Prince George's County
Maryland, USA
Death: Dec. 20, 1919
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA

Detective Sergeant James E. Armstrong was a member of the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, DC.

Date of Death: December 20, 1919
Rank: Detective Sergeant
Age: 40
Years of Service: 16, EOD: September 23, 1903
Marital Status: Married
Children: Three
Location of Death: Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Avenue NE, Washington, DC.

Circumstance: On December 14, 1919, Detective Sergeant Armstrong tracked a suspect, John McHenry, to Union Station after McHenry had robbed and fatally shot Mr. Wallace W. Mulcare (F.A.G. memorial # 107661132) at Mulcare's Automobile Accessory Shop located at 1224 14th Street, NW, that same day. When Detective Armstrong attempted to stop McHenry inside Union Station, McHenry drew a revolver and shot the detective three time at close range. As the detective fell, he was able to hold onto McHenry long enough for back up to arrive and render the suspect unconscious with a blackjack. Detective Armstrong was taken to Providence Hospital where he died.

Detective Armstrong was survived by his wife, Edith, of the home at 533 11th Street SE, sons James E., Albert H. and daughter, Margaret L.

James E. Armstrong, Jr. would later become a police officer. In 1940 he was living with his wife, Marion E., and Mother in Law, Mabel R. Bradburn, in the Trinity Apartment 3223 14th St. NW.

John McHenry, 23 years old, was charged with First Degree Murder in the death of Detective Armstrong. He was represented by S. McComas Hawken, who pled Mr. McHenry not guilty by reason of insanity. The government was represented by Assistant United States Attorney Archer. Mr. McHenry was found guilty and hanged at DC Jail on March 17, 1922.

The 1880 Census shows:

Household Gender Age Birthplace
Self Henry Armstrong M 26 Pennsylvania, United States
Wife Sarah E. Armstrong F 20 Maryland, United States
Son James E. Armstrong M 0 Maryland, United States
In 1880 the family was resideing in Spalding, Prince Georges County Maryland. Henry Armstrong was employed as a Constable. The able assistance of Ms. Jackie Armstrong Simons is appreciated for this memorial.

Citing this Record

"United States Census, 1880," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 06 May 2013), Henry Armstrong, 1880.

The 1910 Census shows:

SELF James E Armstrong M 31y Maryland
WIFE Edith M Armstrong F 29y District of Columbia
DAU Margret L Armstrong F 5y District of Columbia
SON James E Armstrong M 4y District of Columbia
SON Albert H Armstrong M 2y District of Columbia

The 1920 Census shows:

SELF Edith Armstrong F 38y District of Columbia
DAU Margaret Armstrong F 16y District of Columbia
SON James Armstrong M 14y District of Columbia
SON Albert Armstrong M 11y District of Columbia
SIS Nettie Hutchings F 34y District of Columbia
Virginia Hutchings F 6y District of Columbia
Ida Hutchings F 3y3m District of Columbia

The 1930 Census shows:

Head Alpha Akers F 35 Virginia
Son Paul Akers M 9 District Of Columbia
Roomer Louise Turner F 21 Virginia
Head Marion H Boxwell M 55 Virginia
Wife Gertrude Boxwell F 53 Virginia
Son Earl W Boxwell M 23 Ohio
Daughter Iva Boxwell F 16 District Of Columbia
Head Edith Armstrong F 48 District of Columbia
Son James E Armstrong M 24 District Of Columbia
Son Albert H Armstrong M 22 District Of Columbia

Family links: 
  Henry Parsons Armstrong (1854 - 1912)
  Sarah Elizabeth Anderson Armstrong (1858 - 1939)
  Edith M Armstrong (1881 - 1962)
  Albert Henry Armstrong (1908 - 1965)*
  James E. Armstrong (1879 - 1919)
  George Clifford Armstrong (1885 - 1940)*
  Wallace Jackson Armstrong (1889 - 1947)*
  Lewis Guffy Armstrong (1894 - 1967)*
  Richard Roscoe Armstrong (1898 - 1920)*
  Hugh Perry Armstrong (1900 - 1972)*
*Calculated relationship
Epiphany Cemetery
Prince George's County
Maryland, USA
Created by: John Rentz
Record added: Mar 29, 2006
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- John Rentz
 Added: Mar. 5, 2016
My grand uncle. Rest in peace.
- Jackie Armstrong Simons
 Added: Mar. 28, 2013

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