NIMROD: Courts, Claims, and Killing on the Oregon Frontier. by…

NIMROD: Courts, Claims, and Killing on the Oregon Frontier. by Lansing, Ronald B. < >

NIMROD: Courts, Claims, and Killing on the Oregon Frontier.

Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.

Pullman, WA: Washington State University Press, (2005). First edition - An account of one of the first widely publicized murder trials in Oregon history. At the 65, Nimrod O'Kelly trekked from Missouri along the Oregon Trail in 1845 and "became one of the first to stake a claim in the lush Willamette valley. Although he made few improvements to the land, he professed that he had a wife and family back home and thus had a right to 640 acres - one full square mile - of fertile ground. Over the next seven years, settlers continued to arrive, and many of these new neighbors grew suspicious of his entitlement. Slowly they began to encroach on his property. Eventually the dispute boiled over, leaving young Jeremiah Mahoney dead, a gaping gunshot wound in his chest. The killer - 72 year-old Nimrod O'Kelly - chose not to run, but to turn himself in, claiming self-defense. The events that followed provide an intricate look at law on the frontier - a place without jails, courtrooms, coroners, and crimelabs, where many settlers were as wild as the land, where judges traveled on horseback to conduct legal proceedings, and where convicted murderers often met their end on the gallows. Ultimately, Benton County vs. Nimrod O'Kelly was heard by the fledgling territory's Supreme Court." Several appendices, references, sources index. xiii, 301 pp.,. ISBN: 1-87422280X.

Condition: Near fine in illustrated wrappers.

Book ID: 86915
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