Deputy Collector John F. Lanier

Deputy Collector John F. Lanier

United States Department of the Treasury - Office of Internal Revenue, U.S. Government

End of Watch Monday, December 24, 1900

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John F. Lanier

Deputy Collector John Lanier succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained two weeks earlier while attempting to search a wagon for illegal liquor in Madison County, Alabama.

He was leading a posse of officers when they encountered the wagon on a road leading to Huntsville. Believing the wagon was carrying liquor from Tennessee to Huntsville, the officers ordered the driver to stop. The occupants of the wagon opened fire on the officers, mortally wounding Deputy Collector Lanier.

The other officers returned fire, wounding the occupants of the wagon. The occupants later complained they believed the officers were highwaymen who were attempting to rob them.

Deputy Lanier was survived by his wife and six children.


  • Age 43
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Alabama
  • Incident Date Wednesday, December 12, 1900
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and wounded

alcohol violation

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Deputy Collector Lanier,
On today, the 120th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country.


United States Border Patrol

December 24, 2020

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