Henry Plummer

Henry Plummer

Birth
Houlton, Aroostook County, Maine, USA
Death 10 Jan 1864 (aged 31–32)
Montana, USA
Burial Body lost or destroyed
Memorial ID 10952198 · View Source
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Western Lawman and Outlaw. Born in Houlton, Maine, he went west in April 1852, to persue gold and after some success traded his mining shares for the Empire Bakery in Nevada City. By 1856, the local residents, asked him to run for Marshal. In 1857, he became Marshal but shortly after the election, he killed a man, a miner of whom he was having an affair with his wife. He was convicted of 2nd degree murder and sentenced to ten years in San Quentin Prison but received a pardon on August 16, 1859. He returned to Nevada City, in 1861, was appointed constable and was involved in a dispute killing another man. In 1863, he relocated to Bannack, Montana was elected Sheriff and soon organized a group of road agent deputies who acted as his couriers. His men committed actual stick-ups and had killed by estimates, some 120 gold-laden travelers from Montana camps. With the increased crime since his election a group of locals known as the Montana Vigilantes, arrested Plummer and two of his deputies late in the evening of January 9, 1864. In desperation to save his life, Plummer said he’d reveal where a $100,000 in gold was hidden. On the next evening, at the gallows known as Hangman's Gulch on Bannack's north side, all three men were hanged. Only Plummer had the luxury of having a coffin and was buried at Hangman's Gulch. Local legend tells two tales about the fate of Henry Plummer's body. One being he was dug up with the idea of a cue to where the gold was and his skull was deposited on the back bar of Bannack's Bank Exchange Saloon. The second story is the same drunks dug up the skull, which found its way into the hands of a Bannack doctor and the specimen was sent east to a institution for study to try to figure out why Plummer was so evil.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
  • Added: 12 May 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10952198
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Henry Plummer (1832–10 Jan 1864), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10952198, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Body lost or destroyed.