|Death: ||Feb. 11, 1842|
Died at 30 years of age; cause of death - gunshot. Charles Arndt was gunned down over an argument on the state assembly floor in Madison, Wisconsin.
February 11, 1842 – Madison, WI
The Wisconsin Territorial Legislature met in Madison only to be interrupted by the shooting of one member by another. Following a debate on the floor of the Council of the Legislative Assembly, Charles C.P. Arndt implied that fellow Council member James R. Vineyard had made misstatements. After an uproar during which Vineyard denied Arndt's accusations, adjournment was declared.
In the moments following adjournment, Arndt approached Vineyard's desk on the floor of the assembly and the two continued their disagreement. As Arndt came closer to Vineyard he raised his hand and struck Vineyard in the head. Vineyard drew a pistol and shot Arndt in the chest. Arndt reeled backward and fell to the floor, dying where he had fallen about five minutes later.
Vineyard was tried and acquitted of manslaughter.
Created by: Jeanne Biebel
Record added: Jun 05, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 70867882
killed Feb.11th 1842. Shot on the assembly floor in Madison Wisconsin.|
Added: Jun. 19, 2011