Patrolman Benjamin K. Yost

Patrolman Benjamin K. Yost

Tamaqua Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Tuesday, July 6, 1875

Benjamin K. Yost

Patrolman Benjamin Yost was shot and killed in retaliation for a previous arrest he had made.

Patrolman Yost was on foot patrol when two men approached and shot him. He died from the wounds.

It was later discovered that Patrolman Yost was killed because he had previously arrested a member of a notorious gang know as the Order of the Molly Maguires. This group of local miners had assigned two men to murder Patrolman Yost following the arrest of one of the gang's members.

Ten men were later arrested and charged in connection with two murders, including Patrolman Yost's . All ten men were later executed.

Patrolman Yost had served in the Civil war. He is buried in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Tamaqua, Pennsylvania.


  • Age 34
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .32 caliber
  • Offender Ten executed

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God Bless you, Officer Yost. So many years later, far from forgotten. You are not memorialized on Ancestry, not even on their census! I will find you and make sure you are there. History sees you. We honor you.

A descendent, with thanks
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April 22, 2016

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