Keeper Samuel Calvert

Keeper Samuel Calvert

New York State Department of Correctional Services, New York

End of Watch Sunday, March 17, 1872

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Samuel Calvert

Keeper Samuel Calvert suffered a fatal stab wound by a juvenile inmate at the House of Refuge on Randall's Island.

He was placing juveniles back in their cells at the end of the day when one of the boys began to resist. Keeper Calvert grabbed the boy by the collar and tried to place him into the cell when the boy produced a shoemaker's knife and stabbed him just above the knee, severing his femoral artery. He succumbed to wound and loss of blood three hours later.

The juvenile was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to one year at hard labor.

Keeper Calvert was a Union Army veteran of the Civil War. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 40
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Convicted of manslaughter

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Your sacrifice and service has not been forgotten! We are sorry the convict only received one year, but God is the final judge in the end!

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May 6, 2022

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