Marshal William H. Richardson

Marshal William H. Richardson

United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Saturday, November 17, 1855

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William H. Richardson

Marshal Richardson was shot and killed during a confrontation.

Marshal Richardson was quarrelling with Charles Cora in front of Fox and O'Connor's store on Clay street, between Montgomery and Leidesdorff streets. Cora killed Richardson between 6 and 7 o'clock.

Cora was arrested and placed in custody of the City Marshal. There was talk of lynching, but it was decided to have the law enforced at trial. The suspect was convicted of Marshal Richardson's murder and hanged in 1856.

Marshal Richardson was survived by his wife. He was the United States Marshal for the Northern District of California.


  • Age 33
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location California
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Hanged in 1856

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