City Marshal Robert H. Clift

City Marshal Robert H. Clift

Chetopa Police Department, Kansas

End of Watch Sunday, August 25, 1878

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Robert H. Clift

City Marshal Clift, who also served as a United States Marshal, was shot and killed while escorting a prisoner back to Chetopa. As the suspect attempted to flee to Missouri he was stopped by Marshal Clift. The man said he would return to Chetopa but instead pulled a revolver and shot Marshal Clift. The suspect was captured and as he was being brought back for trial a mob of angry citizens took him off of a train and lynched him from a bridge.

City Marshal Clift was survived by his wife and four children. He was a Union Civil War Veteran.


  • Age 35
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Lynched by mob

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City Marshal Clift,
On today, the 140th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Chetopa.


United States Border Patrol

August 25, 2018

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