Sheriff Samuel Lewis

Sheriff Samuel Lewis

McNairy County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Wednesday, July 31, 1867

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Samuel Lewis

Sheriff Lewis was shot and killed while attempting to quell a disturbance at a local polling station. Tennessee's governor had sent the militia to the various polling stations in an attempt to control the polls in his favor. As a result, riots broke out around the state, including at the polling station in the town of Purdy.

The local citizens called Sheriff Lewis to the location and as he attempted to bring the two groups to peace shots were fired. Sheriff Lewis, who was caught in the middle, received fatal wounds.


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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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Chief Marshal Randy Ford, Ret.
Green Mt Falls, CO

July 31, 2017

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