Sheriff Gaylord Lyman

Sheriff Gaylord Lyman

Lucas County Sheriff's Office, Iowa

End of Watch Wednesday, July 6, 1870

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Gaylord Lyman

Sheriff Gaylord Lyman was shot and killed by a suspected horse thief who had been brought to him by a group of citizens.

The suspect was lynched by the mob after he murdered the sheriff.

Sheriff Lyman was survived by his wife and five children. He is buried in Chariton Cemetery, Chariton, Iowa.


  • Age 42
  • Tour Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Lynched by mob

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Sheriff Lyman,
On today, the 150th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Lucas County.


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July 6, 2020

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