Deputy U.S. Marshal John C. Stephenson

Deputy U.S. Marshal John C. Stephenson

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

End of Watch Friday, July 11, 1873

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John C. Stephenson

Deputy Marshal John Stephenson was stabbed to death in Jersey City, New Jersey, by a deserter from a Russian ship.

Deputy Marshal Stephenson had arrested the man and was walking with him on Grand Street when the man suddenly pulled out a knife and stabbed the marshal. The suspect attempted to commit suicide and was later arrested.

The suspect was convicted of Deputy Stephenson's murder and was hanged at the Hudson County Jail in 1874.

Deputy Marshal Stephenson was survived by his wife and six children.


  • Age 27
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Location New Jersey
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Executed

arrest attempt, deserter

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DUSM Stephenson,
On today, the 150th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

July 11, 2023

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