A Man Who Served

Being civic-minded cost one man his life.

Peter Anderson was a full-blooded Potawatomi, one of the first of his tribe to relocate to the Indian Territories. He became well respected as a businessman and a civic leader. But his interest in helping others proved fatal. On Christmas Day 1890, he was deputized to help arrest a man for cattle theft and selling whiskey. When the posse got to the home, the suspect opened fire, hitting Anderson in the head and killing him instantly. The killer was arrested but died of tuberculosis before going to trial.

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