Sheriff Dominick Cavanaugh

Sheriff Dominick Cavanaugh

Dawson County Sheriff's Office, Montana

End of Watch Friday, December 23, 1898

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Dominick Cavanaugh

Sheriff Dominick Cavanaugh was beaten to death by his opponent in the previous election for the office of sheriff.

Sheriff Cavanaugh was returning to his home in Glendive when he was approached by the man, who engaged him in conversation near his stables. When Sheriff Cavanaugh turned to leave the man struck him on the back of the head with a metal bar, knocking him to the ground. He continued beating him until leaving the scene.

The subject was arrested, convicted of murder, and sentenced to death. He was subsequently executed by hanging on March 29th, 1900.

Sheriff Cavanaugh had served as the county sheriff for five years. He was survived by his wife and infant son.


  • Age 44
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Blunt object
  • Offender Not available

at home

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Rest in peace Sheriff Cavanaugh.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

December 23, 2021

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