Commutation of sentence decree from the state board of pardons dated July 22, 1902

Commutation of sentence decree from the state board of pardons dated July 22, 1902

Source

State Archives of Florida: Series 158, Volume 2,

Description

Commutation of J.B. Brown from death by hanging to life in prison.

Date

July 22, 1902

Creator

Jennings, William Sherman, 1863-1920.

Contributors

Crawford, Henry Clay

McLin, Benjamin E.

Croom, A. C.

Format

Decrees

Coverage

Florida Boom and Progressive Era (1890-1926)

General Note

On December 21, 1901, Governor William S. Jennings signed a death warrant listing Noah J. Tilghman as the man to be hanged. Tilghman's name had been mistakenly written on the warrant. The death warrant was supposed to be issued for J. B. Brown, an African-American man wrongfully convicted of murdering white railroad engineer Harry E. Wesson. After the debacle with the death warrant, Brown was sentenced to life in prison. In 1913, Brown was exonerated.