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Description: The Original "Lynch Law" by John LynchDate: August 1 1884
Newspaper published in: Dallas, GA
Source: Madison Co., AL Library
Page/Column: Page 1, Column 6
An old resident of Lynchburg, Va., says that not long before the revolutionary war quite a number of Scotch-Irish settled, around the town. Not a few of their descendants became famous, such as Andrew Jackson, James K. Polk, John C. Calhoun, Sam Houston, David Crockett, Robert Fulton, Patrick Bronte, Robert Bonner, Horace Greely, President Arthur and James G. Blaine. Among the early settlers was John Lynch, a man of great force of character. At that time horse thieves were very numerous, and the courts were unable to deal with them. Lynch secured a commission as justice of the peace and with a force of special constables captured gang after gang of the marauders. When the horse thieves were convicted in Judge Lynch’s court the judge would demand a good bond, which of course they could not give, and the prisoners were then sent off to a distant jail. The constables knew what the order meant, and as soon as they reached the woods the thieves were promptly hanged to the most convenient tree. This was the origin of what is called “Lynch Law,” but it is unnecessary to say that the modern article has greatly degenerated. The genuine Judge Lynch was a great reformer.