Paying the Price? James Dolan didn’t have to pay the piper for Lincoln County actions.

James Dolan

James Dolan was a 25-year-old hothead when he got in trouble in Lincoln County, NM in 1873. He got into a tiff with Captain James Randlett, an officer at nearby Fort Stanton. Dolan tried to kill him but failed.  A few months later, army officials kicked Dolan and partner Lawrence Murphy off the fort grounds—partly due to the attempted killing, but also because of accusations that Murphy-Dolan were price gouging in selling beef to the army.  In spite of that, the government never officially canceled the beef contracts with the two Irishmen.

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