Deputy U.S. Marshal James M. Rowan

Deputy U.S. Marshal James M. Rowan

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

End of Watch Monday, January 31, 1898

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James M. Rowan

Deputy Marshal James Rowan was shot and killed while responding to a disturbance at a bar in Skagway in the Pacific Northwest Territory (modern-day Alaska).

A patron at the bar felt that he had been short-changed and reported the incident to Deputy Marshal Rowan, who accompanied him back to the bar. As the two entered the bar they were immediately fired upon by the other subject. Deputy marshal Rowan and the patron both died from their wounds.

The man who shot both men was acquitted on grounds of self defense.

Deputy Marshal Rowan was survived by his wife and son, who was born one hour prior to Deputy Marshal Rowan's murder. He is buried at Gold Rush Cemetery, Skagway, Alaska.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Alaska
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Aquitted

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I happened onto the Marker for Marshal Rowan quiet by accident but took a few minutes to honor a fallen brother. He will never be forgotten. He is listed on the official United States Marshal Service Roll Call of Honor.

Gary M. Brown
United States Marshal (Retired- Eastern District of Texas)

United States Marshal Gary M. Brown,Ret.
United States Marshal Service

July 6, 2019

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