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George Pettibone

Death: Aug 3, 1908

Nationality: United States

George Pettibone

Date of Death : Aug 3, 1908

George Pettibone was an Idaho miner. He was convicted of contempt of court and criminal conspiracy in the Coeur d'Alene, Idaho labor confrontation of 1899. He was later implicated in the 1905 assassination of Frank Steunenberg, ex-governor of Idaho, by a confession and testimony coerced from Harry Orchard by James McParland, a Pinkerton agent hired to conduct the investigation. Western Federation of Miners general secretary Bill Haywood and WFM president Charles Moyer were also implicated. Haywood was represented by Clarence Darrow, the most renowned defense lawyer of the day, who obtained an acquittal. Pettibone was tried after Haywood, and was defended by Orrin N. Hilton of Denver. Pettibone was also acquitted. Charges against Moyer were dropped. Pettibone fell ill with cancer during his trial. He returned home to Denver, Colorado, where he died on August 3, 1908, after an operation. He is the great, great, great, great grandfather of four children, and one of which now lives in Alaska with two children.

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