Sheriff Albert Taylor Sheneman

Sheriff Albert Taylor Sheneman

Cowley County Sheriff's Office, Kansas

End of Watch Thursday, February 1, 1883

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Albert Taylor Sheneman

Sheriff Sheneman was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a suspect wanted for murdering Constable Daniel Weiser, of the Valley Falls Police Department, earlier in the month. The suspect had gone to Cowley County and asked a Udall Station rancher for work. The rancher allowed the man to board at his house and work. After a week's time the rancher saw wanted posters describing the man and alerted Sheriff Sheneman, who came to the ranch posing as a doctor.
After determining the man and the suspect were one-in-the-same Sheriff Sheneman attempted to grab him from behind. The suspect was able to break free and shoot Sheriff Sheneman was a revolver. The suspect was apprehended at the scene after being held down by the Sheriff and the other men in the house. He was taken to a series of local jails for his own protection before a mob of citizens eventually took control of him and hung off of a railroad bridge.
Sheriff Sheneman's wounds were tended to but he succumbed to the gunshot wounds eight days later.

Sheriff Sheneman was Union Civil War Veteran who served as a private with the 7th Illinois Calvary, Company I.


  • Age 37
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, January 23, 1883
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Lynched by mob

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Sheriff Sheneman,
On today, the 140th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the Union Army during the Civil War.


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February 1, 2023

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