Guard James Fancher

Guard James Fancher

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, July 14, 1849

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James Fancher

Guard James Fancher died of cholera during an outbreak in the Ohio Penitentiary in Columbus.

He had been hired only four days earlier and was stationed on the roof of the prison. He had taken a pitcher of water with him and drank from the pitcher overnight. He began showing symptoms of cholera at 3:00 am and had died by 11:00 am.

Approximately 100 inmates died as a result of the outbreak in a matter of two weeks. The prison doctor also died after contracting cholera.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 4 days
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Duty related illness

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Guard Fancher,
On today, the 170th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Ohio. There is no tougher job in Law Enforcement than that of a Corrections Officer.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

July 14, 2019

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