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 Levin Wilson Bacon

Levin Wilson Bacon

Birth
Death 1896 (aged 58–59)
Burial Eureka, Juab County, Utah, USA
Memorial ID 149578 · View Source
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In August 1940, William H. Bacon visited Lewiston. His father, Levin Wilson Bacon (May 28, 1837- June 10, 1896), was Nez Perce (Idaho) County's first assessor and a prominent businessman in the community, as well as serving in the First territorial Legislature, the only Democrat to do so.

Here is where the story gets interesting. William related to a reporter that his father was the hangman at the execution on March 4, 1864, of the murderers of Lloyd Magruder and his party, a case that captivated the nation. The murderers were apprehended in San Francisco by Lewiston hotelier Hill Beachey and returned for trial, the first criminal proceeding in the Idaho Territory.

William related that his father spoke often of the events. He even was an acquaintance of one of the convicted men and felt bad about the role he was about to play in his death.

However, the condemned criminal turned to him and said, "Go ahead. Somebody has to do it."


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  • Imported from: UT State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 149578
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Levin Wilson Bacon (1837–1896), Find A Grave Memorial no. 149578, citing Eureka Cemetery, Eureka, Juab County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Utah State Historical Society (contributor 4) .