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 Timothy Webster

Timothy Webster

Newhaven, Lewes District, East Sussex, England
Death 29 Apr 1862 (aged 40)
Richmond, Richmond City, Virginia, USA
Cenotaph Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Plot Section C, the Pinkerton lot.
Memorial ID 10747 · View Source
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Historical Figure. Timothy Webster was one of Allan Pinkerton's most famous detectives. He provided information to Alan Pinkerton that prevented an assassination attempt on president-elect Abraham Lincoln as he traveled to Washington DC for his inauguration. After the Civil War began Timothy Webster became a Union spy. In 1862, while working in Richmond, Virginia, he became ill. The two men sent to check on him were recognized as Union spies, captured and provided information that exposed Webster. On April 29, 1862, in Richmond, Virginia, Timothy Webster was hanged as a spy. The first attempt to hang him was botched when the knot slipped. Before the second successful attempt to hang Webster he is reported to have said "I suffer a double death!" He was originally buried in Richmond. In 1871 Webster's body was transported to his final resting place in Onarga, Illinois. This memorial displays his cenotaph located in Graceland Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois.

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  • Added: 11 Jul 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10747
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Timothy Webster (12 Mar 1822–29 Apr 1862), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10747, citing Graceland Cemetery, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .