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E. T. Cosper


Date Party Office Votes Result
11-08-1898 Republican AD-64 1481 Win

Candidate Biography:

Elias Truman Cosper
Born: May 12, 1849 in Noble Co., Indiana
Married: Sarah Moore (m. 1881)
Child: Volney B.
Killed: April 4, 1917 in Hanford, CA

  • OUCH: On April 4, 1917, Cosper was murdered while representing local business owner W. D. Wiley in a lawsuit against farmer L. H. Denny. At a meeting in Cosper's law office, Denny drew a revolver and shot and killed Cosper and Wiley. When the shooting began, Denny used his attorney, John G. Covert, as a human shield. Denny then walked into the Hanford courthouse and killed Justice of the Peace George L. Meadows before he in turn was shot and killed by Hanford City Marshal W. J. Hime as he prepared to flee the scene.