Sheriff William Gresham

Sheriff William Gresham

Harrison County Sheriff's Department, Indiana

End of Watch Thursday, January 23, 1834

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William Gresham

Sheriff William Gresham was shot while attempting to serve an arrest warrant upon a subject.

The subject had become enraged and disorderly after learning a whipping had been administered to his younger brother by a local school teacher in Blue River Township. When a local constable was unable to serve an arrest warrant that had been issued, Sheriff Gresham was summoned. While attempting to take the young man into custody, Sheriff Gresham was shot and died immediately.

The suspect was arrested and convicted of manslaughter. In April 1835, he was sentenced to 21 years in prison and fined $1,000. The governor pardoned him in 1840 and remitted the fine.

Sheriff Gresham had served with the Harrison County Sheriff's Department for one year and was in his first term as sheriff. He was survived by his wife, three sons, two daughters and by his mother. He is buried in the Lanesville Protestant Cemetery in Lanesville, Indiana.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Pardoned in 1840

warrant service

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Sheriff William Gresham,
I thank you and your family for your service and sacrifice.
I spit on the name of your killer and the Governor who let him get away with it,
Rest in peace. I know that you are in good company among the thousands of America's heros.
Save me a seat up there.

John R. Schlim
Det., Fremont, CA., P.D. (Ret'd)

January 18, 2022

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