Sheriff William H. Tainter

Sheriff William H. Tainter

Mendocino County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch Friday, October 23, 1863

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William H. Tainter

Sheriff William Tainter drowned while traveling through the county, conducting investigations, and collecting taxes.

He was attempting to cross Elk Creek by horse when he was washed into the sea. His body was recovered the following day.

Sheriff Tainter had served with the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office for 2 years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned


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Sheriff Tainter,
On today, the 160th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Mendocino County.


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October 23, 2023

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