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Goebel Assassination Scrapbooks, ca. 1900-1910

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Processed by Masten Childers III, encoded by Lynne Hollingsworth; machine-readable finding aid created by Margie Plarr

Title

Goebel Assassination Scrapbooks

Date

ca. 1900-1910

Repository

Kentucky History Center, Special Collections

Arrangement

Original order maintained.

Conditions Governing Access note

Access at KHS only. Use microfilm, transcriptions or images when available.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Goebel Assassination Scrapbooks, ca. 1900-1910, 2000M04, Special Collections, Kentucky History Center, Frankfort.

Extent

9 volumes

Abstract

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.

Biography/History

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
1907-July-4th trial called
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

Scope and Content

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.

Subjects

  • Goebel, William, 1856-1900 -- Assassination.
  • Trials (Assassination) -- Kentucky -- Franklin County -- 20th century.
  • Kentucky -- Politics and government -- 1865-1950.
  • Goebel, William, 1856-1900.
  • Powers, Caleb, 1869-1932.
  • Taylor, W.S. (William Sylvester), 1853-1928
  • Youtsey, Henry
  • Scrapbooks, aat.

Related Material

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.

Collection Inventory

Scrapbook #1
Scrapbook #2
Scrapbook #3
Scrapbook #4
Scrapbook #5
Scrapbook #6
Scrapbook #7
Scrapbook #8
Scrapbook #9

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