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Goebel Assassination Scrapbooks
Kentucky History Center, Special Collections
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[Identification of item], Goebel Assassination Scrapbooks, ca. 1900-1910, 2000M04, Special Collections, Kentucky History Center, Frankfort.
This collection contains nine scrapbook volumes of political newspaper cuttings concerning the assassination of Gov. William Goebel. The volumes cover the Democratic convention and Populist movement, the 1899 election, the election investigation and assassination of Goebel, the assassination's aftermath effect on Frankfort and the State, and the numerous trials and verdicts of those accused of the assassination.
|1898||William Goebel introduces Goebel Election Law to General Assembly|
|1899||Split in Democratic Convention at Music Hall - Goebel takes nomination from P.Wat Hardin, who is supported by the L & N, and William Stone, and ex-Confederate. The L & N railroad is accused of ensuing riots at this Louisville convention in order to stop Goebel's victory. In the end Goebel is left with many new enemies and a nomination for Governor.|
|December 12th - January 31st||William Taylor is Governor of KY|
|1900-January 30th||Goebel shot, Governor Taylor declares an emergency, calls out militia|
|January 31st||Democrats invalidate election, Goebel is sworn in as Governor|
|February 3rd||Goebel dies|
|March||Caleb Powers arrested, Governor William Taylor indicted as an accessory to murder; Taylor flees to Indiana where the Governor of Indiana refuses extradition; Caleb Powers, Henry Youtsey, Jim Howard, Berry Howard and Garrett Ripley were all indicted and tried; Berry and Ripley were acquitted.|
|April-1st||examining trial of Powers|
|July-1st||trial of Powers begins|
|August||Powers sentenced to life in prison|
|September||Howard's 1st trial - sentenced to life in prison|
|October||outsey's 1st trial, after conviction he turns state's evidence|
|1901-March||Court of Appeals orders a 2nd trial|
|October||2nd trial for Powers begins|
|November- 2nd||life sentence|
|1902-January||Howard sentence to 2nd life in prison|
|December||Court of Appeals reverses 2nd trial decision|
|1903-April||Howard's 3rd trial|
|August-3rd||Powers trial begins|
|October||Powers sentenced to death|
|1904-December||Court of Appeals reverses decision of 3rd trial|
|1905||Powers spends year in jail waiting for 4th trial|
|Federal Supreme Court sends case back to state courts saying it is the state's responsibility|
|November-4th||Powers trial begins|
|1908-January||trial ends with hung jury|
|February||Powers and Howard pardoned|
|1909-April 23rd||W.S. Taylor pardoned|
|1916||Henry Youtsey paroled|
|1919||Henry Youtsey pardoned|
This collection contains nine scrapbook volumes of political newspaper cuttings concerning the assassination of Gov. William Goebel. The volumes cover the Democratic convention and Populist movement, the 1899 election, the election investigation and assassination of Goebel, the assassination's aftermath effect on Frankfort and the State, and the numerous trials and verdicts of those accused of the assassination. Some of the volumes are in better condition than others are, and some are more extensive or focused in their coverage of the topics listed above. See the container list below for a description of the individual scrapbooks.
Permission for commercial use must be requested from the Kentucky Historical Society. Special Collections.
Microfilm of trial transcripts available in Kentucky Historical Society. Library. Microfilm room. Lester Papers. KHS/Special Collections. Mss#96SC70 Trajectories of bullet routes, and Old Capitol Annex floor plans used in the Powers trials. Use surrogate copies. KHS/Library Biography files.
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