The Johnson County, Wyoming invaders were saved by political maneuvers that reached to the highest levels.

The cattleman’s army had killed two alleged rustlers in April 1892 and intended to kill dozens more. But were trapped in a barn by a mob of local citizens. The invaders got a message to Governor Amos Barber, who contacted President Benjamin Harrison (photo)—a friend of the cattlemen. He sent in federal troops to “arrest” the cattlemen’s hired guns.

The invaders were released on bail and charges were eventually dropped.

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