Deputy U.S. Marshal George E. Thornton

Deputy U.S. Marshal George E. Thornton

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

End of Watch Wednesday, October 28, 1891

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George E. Thornton

Deputy Marshal George Thornton was shot and killed in the Sac and Fox Nation while trying to arrest two men on warrants, one for horse theft and another for murder.

Marshal Thornton and a posse man went to the house of the horse thief and didn't locate them. They then went to search the house of another outlaw. As they approached the house, they were fired upon. They were fired upon from three locations and returned fire at every opportunity. Marshal Thornton was hit, told his partner "I'm sick," fired one more shot, and fell over dead.

The horse thief was captured two days short of a year afterward but later escaped.

At the time of the organization of the Oklahoma Territory, he was a leading candidate for the appointment of United States Marshal. He had previously served in New Mexico and Texas.

Marshal Thornton was survived by his father and brother. He was buried in Peoria, Illinois.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Oklahoma
  • Weapon Rifle; .45 caliber
  • Offender Captured and later escaped

warrant service

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Rest in peace Deputy US Marshal Thornton.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

October 28, 2021

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