Doing Time in Dauphin County, 1842-1901

They locked up Elias Nation on April 18, 1842, giving him official first place in Dauphin County’s new prison. (For the record, Jacob Stripe was registered nearly two weeks earlier, for assault and battery, but he was out before the prison’s grand opening.) Nation was twenty¬≠-nine years old and looked “yellow,” wrote Keeper Wil¬≠liam Watson; he underlined that fact in his...
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