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Death Warrant for John J. Kehoe November 18, 1878

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In the Name of the Authority of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

John H. Hartranft, Governor of the said Commonwealth

To William J. Matz Esquire, High Sheriff of the County of Schuylkill Sends Greeting

Whereas at a Court of Oyer and Terminer and General Jail Delivery in and for the County of Schuylkill at the Borough of Pottsville at January Sessions A.D. 1877, a certain John Kehoe was tried upon an Indictment for the crime of Murder and on the Sixteenth Day of January A.D. 1877 was found guilty of Murder in the First Degree and was thereupon Comit, on the Sixteenth Day of April A.D. 1877, Sentenced by the Said Court that he be taken from hence to the Jail of the County of Schuylkill from whence he came and from thence to the place of Execution and that he there be hanged by the neck until he be dead.

And Whereas a Writ of Error was issued from the Supreme Court of the State for the Eastern District, in the case of the said John Kehoe, and it was so proceeded in the Said Supreme Court, that the Said Judgment of the Court of Oyer and Terminer as aforesaid was Affirmed.

Now this is to authorize and require you the said William J. Matz Esquire, High Sheriff of the said County of Schuylkill to cause the Sentence of the said Court of Oyer and Terminer to be executed upon the saif John Kehoe between the hours of Ten A.M. and Three P.M. on Thursday the Eighteenth Day of April One Thousand Eight Hundred and Seventy-Eight in the manner directed by the Seventy-Sixth Section of the Act of the General Assembly of this Commonwealth Approved the Thirty-First Day of March A.D. One Thousand Eight Hundred and Sixty entitled “An Act to Consolidate, Revise and Amend the law of the Commonwealth relating to Penal Proceedings and Pleadings,” and for so doing this shall be your sufficient Warrant.

Given Under My Hand and Great Seal at Harrisburg this Twenty-Seventh Day of February in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Seventy-Eight and of the Commonwealth the One Hundred and Second.

By the Governor

M.L. Quay, Secretary of the Commonwealth