Warden Matthew B. Burgher

Warden Matthew B. Burgher

Utah Department of Corrections, Utah

End of Watch Thursday, March 16, 1876

Matthew B. Burgher

Warden Matthew Burgher succumbed to injuries he received two days earlier when he was assaulted by a group of prisoners who were attempting to escape the Utah Territorial Prison.

The inmates hit Warden Burgher repeatedly with a rock wrapped in a woolen sock.

The inmates were captured, but were able to escape three months later and were never recaptured. During their second escape attempt, the men killed a prisoner who was serving a life sentence for murdering Provo Police Officer Albert H. Bowen in October of 1873.


  • Age 35
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Incident Date Tuesday, March 14, 1876
  • Weapon Blunt object; Rock
  • Offender Escaped

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I am seeking any known relatives of Mathew Burgher. Though he died without children, his father was William H. Burgher and his mother was Anna Jack Burgher.
Ken Wallentine
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Chief Ken Wallentine
Utah Attorney General Investigation Division

March 9, 2018

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