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This is a good entry on the assassination of James Hinds, who was the first U.S. congressman murdered in office. The killing could be considered premeditated as well as political. Clark armed himself with a loaded, double-barreled shotgun, mounted a horse, and rode after Hinds and Brooks. He then killed Hinds with one shot and wounded Brooks with the other. Further, a contemporaneous newspaper quotes Clark (a Democrat) as saying, earlier that same day, that if he saw the two "radical" Republicans, he would kill them.
It was a political murder, during very volatile times, of a carpet-bagger radical republican, by a KKK Democratic official of Monroe County. Such killings were, unfortunately, not uncommon at the time. What was extraordinary about the killing of Hinds was that he was a U.S. Congressman, and the first one to be killed in office. Many state and local politicians supporting the Reconstruction were killed across the South--just not many feds.

Bill Darrow
Burlington, VT


James Hinds is buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Salem, NY. Rep. Hinds is a relative of mine.


Bill Darrow
Burlington, VT