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 Maggie <I>Chrisman</I> Swope

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Maggie Chrisman Swope

  • Birth 12 Jun 1855 Independence, Jackson County, Missouri, USA
  • Death 21 Jan 1942 Independence, Jackson County, Missouri, USA
  • Burial Independence, Jackson County, Missouri, USA
  • Memorial ID 6948722

She was the daughter of William Chrisman, Independence, Missouri businessman, and married Logan O. Swope, the wealthy brother of Thomas Hunton Swope, that donated the land for Swope Park in Kansas City, Missouri. She sold the land for William Chrisman High School to the city for $1. The Swope mansion of Logan Swope, was also the home of Thomas Swope after his brothers death, and in 1909, 3 members of the Swope household mysteriously died. James Moss Hunton, William Chrisman Swope, and Colonel Thomas Hunton Swope all died, and all three were patients of doctor Bennett Clark Hyde, who was married to the daughter of Logan and Maggie Swope. Hyde was tried and found guilty of the murder of Thomas Swope after his body was exhumed and evidence of poisoning was noted. Hyde appealed and was released, and a second and third trial resulted in either a hung jury, or mistrial, accounts vary. Attorney James A. Reed who is also buried in this cemetery prosecuted Hyde.

Bio by: Bill Walker

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  • Created by: Bill Walker
  • Added: 24 Nov 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6948722
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Maggie Chrisman Swope (12 Jun 1855–21 Jan 1942), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6948722, citing Mount Washington Cemetery, Independence, Jackson County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Bill Walker (contributor 656) .