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A series of engravings from an 1850 book by Edward Bonney, who tracked down Col. Davenport’s killers, depicts the break-in at the Davenport residence, the torturing of Davenport and ransacking his house, and the public execution of three of the bandits.

Illinois legislature prevented 1847 Monmouth hanging

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Editor and historian for Monmouth College. Avid researcher of western Illinois history for 40 years. FB and Twitter. jrankin@monmouthcollege.edu

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