Constable Samuel T. Herrington

Constable Samuel T. Herrington

Concord Township Constable's Office, Missouri

End of Watch Wednesday, October 4, 1871

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Samuel T. Herrington

Constable Samuel Herrington was stabbed to death as he attempted to break up a fight in a local saloon in Irondale.

Constable Herrington was at home when two men knocked on his door and informed him of a fight at the saloon. He responded to the location but was stabbed on the saloon's front steps before making it inside.

Three men were arrested and charged with his murder. One of them died of smallpox while in jail awaiting trial. The other two were convicted but later had the convictions overturned.

Constable Herrington was survived by his wife and three children. He was buried in Pevely, Jefferson County, Missouri.


  • Age 32
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Incident Date Tuesday, October 3, 1871
  • Weapon Edged weapon
  • Offender Not available

disturbance, search warrant

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Rest in peace great great grandfather Samuel! I was proud as was my immediate family to have been able to attend and witness your long awaited and deserved dedication ceremony on October 4, 2017 by the State of Missouri and the Washington County and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Departments. Your final resting place had been lost for so many years! It was only by the grace of God through Tim Ogle that your shattered headstone was found 146 years later buried in dirt and you received the much deserved dedication ceremony from the community you served and protected but never received. I am proud to have followed in your footsteps in my own career in federal law enforcement as is my son who currently serves in federal law enforcement. I know you watched over me during my entire career and continue to watch over your great great great grandson, Matthew.

Special Agent Ret William H Scheitlin
Grandson/ U.S. Treasury Department & DEA

January 24, 2023

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