Desert Lawmen: The High Sheriffs of New Mexico and Arizona Territories, 1846-1912

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Return to Book Page. Preview — Desert Lawmen by Larry D. This carefully researched study shows that although few southwestern sheriffs were genuine gunmen they were expected to wield firearms with nerve and determination in the line of duty. Elected for two-year terms, frontier sheriffs were the principal peace-keepers in counties that were often larger than New England states.

As officers of the court, they defended settlers and This carefully researched study shows that although few southwestern sheriffs were genuine gunmen they were expected to wield firearms with nerve and determination in the line of duty. As officers of the court, they defended settlers and protected their property from the ever- present violence of the frontier. Their duties ranged from tracking down stagecoach robbers and serving court warrants to locking up drunks and quelling domestic disputes. Sheriffs were also jail keepers, tax collectors, quarantine inspectors, court-appointed executioners, and dogcatchers.

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The breadth and detail of Ball's study, which includes informative lists of sheriffs, legal hangings, and lynchings, makes this volume the definitive work on frontier law enforcement. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 4. Friend Reviews.

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Title Page, Copyright Download Save. Contents Download Save. Maps and Illustrations p. Preface pp. Acknowledgments pp. Organization of the Sheriff's Office pp. The Sheriff and the Law Enforcement System pp. Servant of the Court [Includes Image Plates] pp.

Desert Lawmen: The High Sheriffs of New Mexico and Arizona Territories, 1846-1912

Keeper of the Keys: The Sheriff as Jailer pp. The Sheriff and Extralegal Justice pp. Deathwatch [Includes Image Plates] pp. Conservator Pacis pp. Fugitives from Justice pp. Sheriffs in Times of Crisis pp.

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Ex-Officio Collector pp. Handyman pp. The Shrievalty Enters the Twentieth Century pp.

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