Keeper Thomas Hewlett

Keeper Thomas Hewlett

Vermont Department of Corrections, Vermont

End of Watch Friday, December 2, 1814

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Thomas Hewlett

Keeper Thomas Hewlett succumbed to stab wounds sustained on November 5th, 1814, at the Vermont State Prison in Windsor.

A prisoner had become upset for being reprimanded for a statement he made in the weaving shop and began causing a disturbance. Keeper Hewlett attempted to listen to the man's grievances but the prisoner remained upset. He grabbed a cobbler's knife and the leg of a table and attacked Keeper Hewlett, inflicting a stab wound in his torso before being subdued.

Keeper Hewlett's conditioned continued to worsen and he died of his wounds on December 2nd, 1814.

The prisoner who stabbed him was found guilty of murder in three different trials. He was eventually executed on January 13th, 1818.


  • Age 46
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Incident Date Saturday, November 5, 1814
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Executed in 1818

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Keeper Hewlett, it has been 209 years since you were taken from us. The prison where you sacrificed your life for the citizens was closed long ago and is now an elderly housing complex where my in-laws lived.

Northern New England law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices you, your family, and many others have made for us. Thank you for your law enforcement service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

December 2, 2023

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