It was On This Day in 1878 that
executed John Kehoe. Kehoe was
dubbed the “last of the Molly Maquires.” The Molly Maquires were an Irish
society responsible for bringing to light the exploitation of the
Irish-American workers. Pennsylvania
Kehoe had been arrested and hanged for the murder of mine foreman Frank W.S. Langdon in 1862 in
. Schuylkill County
It was, according to History.com, widely believed that Kehoe was actually innocent. Even the governor of
– John F. Hartranft - is said
to have thought Kehoe to be innocent but he signed the death warrant anyway in
hopes to put an end to the Molly Maquires. Pennsylvania
John Kehoe was born on 3 July 1837 in
He came to live in County Wicklow, Ireland in the 1840s. In
September 1866, he married Mary Ann O’Donnell in Schuylkill
They had four children. He is buried in Saint Jeromes Catholic Cemetery in
Tamaqua, Mahanoy City . One hundred years
after his execution, he was posthumously pardoned by Governor Shapp. Schuylkill
Find A Grave Memorial # 5086108. FindAGrave.com.
“The death of Molly-ism.” This Day in History, 1878. History.com.
The Times (
12 December 1878. Newspapers.com. Philadelphia, PA
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© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015