Sheriff Willie M. Langston

Sheriff Willie M. Langston

Leon County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Friday, March 19, 1909

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Willie M. Langston

Sheriff Langston was shot and killed by an escaped Georgia convict at a turpentine camp outside of Spring Hill. The sheriff had received information that the suspect was at a particular location. While Sheriff Langston searched a shed the suspect ambushed him and shot him in the side before escaping.

On June 6, 1909, a mob of men stormed the county jail and lynched the suspect.

Sheriff Langston was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 24
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Lynched by mob

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To give your life and career, Sheriff Langston for Leon County Florida and its people at the tender young age of twenty-four speaks volumes of your honor and humbleness never to be forgotten. Rest in peace.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 19, 2017

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