Warden Matthew B. Burgher

Warden Matthew B. Burgher

Utah Department of Corrections, Utah

End of Watch Thursday, March 16, 1876

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Matthew B. Burgher

Warden Matthew Burgher succumbed to injuries he received two days earlier when he was assaulted by a group of prisoners who were attempting to escape the Utah Territorial Prison.

The inmates hit Warden Burgher repeatedly with a rock wrapped in a woolen sock.

The inmates were captured, but were able to escape three months later and were never recaptured. During their second escape attempt, the men killed a prisoner who was serving a life sentence for murdering Provo Police Officer Albert H. Bowen in October of 1873.


  • Age 35
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Incident Date Tuesday, March 14, 1876
  • Weapon Blunt object; Rock
  • Offender Escaped

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I am seeking any known relatives of Mathew Burgher. Though he died without children, his father was William H. Burgher and his mother was Anna Jack Burgher.
Ken Wallentine
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Chief Ken Wallentine
Utah Attorney General Investigation Division

March 9, 2018

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