Night Watchman Samuel H. Hamilton

Night Watchman Samuel H. Hamilton

Le Mars Police Department, Iowa

End of Watch Saturday, November 24, 1888

Add to My Heroes

Samuel H. Hamilton

Night Watchman Samuel Hamilton was shot and killed as he confronted a group of men who were creating a disturbance.

The men had just left a club room and were walking south on Main Street and making a great deal of noise. When Night Watchman Hamilton attempted to quiet them, a fight broke out, and one of the men opened fire with a pistol. Night Watchman Hamilton was killed instantly.

The shooter was later arrested and charged with murder. He was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 8 years in prison December 26, 1889.

Night Watchman Hamilton was 27-years old, and had served with the Le Mars Police for a year and 3 months. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 1 year, 3 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Pistol
  • Offender Sentenced to 8 years

Most Recent Reflection

View all 12 Reflections

On today, the 130th anniversary of your death I would just just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Le Mars.


United States Border Patrol

November 24, 2018

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.