William Gresham
Harrison County Sheriff's Department
Sunday, January 26, 1834

Age: 31
Served: 1 year
Badge #:
Military Service:
Not Included
Not Included

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Date/Time of Incident:
Sunday, January 26, 1834

Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:

Incident County:
Incident Township:
Blue River
Weapon Used:
Suspect Info:
Pardoned in 1840
Burial Location:
Lanesville Protestant Cemetery, Lanesville

   Sheriff William Gresham was stabbed to death while attempting to serve an arrest warrant upon a subject.

   The subject had become enraged and disorderly after learning a whipping had been administered to his younger brother by a local school teacher in Blue River Township. When a local constable was unable to serve an arrest warrant that had been issued, Sheriff Gresham was summoned. While attempting to take the young man into custody, Sheriff Gresham was stabbed several times with a knife and died immediately.

   The suspect was arrested and convicted of manslaughter. In April 1835, he was sentenced to 21 years in prison and fined $1,000. The governor pardoned him in 1840 and remitted the fine.

   Sheriff Gresham was in his first term as sheriff. He was survived by his wife, three sons, two daughters and by his mother. Sheriff Gresham is the second known law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty in the state of Indiana.