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1826 Beauchamp's Trial A Report of the Trial Jereboam O Beachamp Kentucky Murder
1826. Beauchamp's Trial A Report of the Trial Jereboam O. Beachamp before the Franklin Circuit Court, in May, 1826, upon an Indictment for the Murder of Col. Solomon P. Sharp, A member of the House of Representatives, and late Attorney General of Kentucky from short hand notes taken during the trial, by J. G. Dana and R. S. Thomas (1826, Printed by Albert G. Hodges, Frankfort). Hardback, calfskin leather. 12mo. 134 pages. Crudely bound inseams. Front board split on inner seam and end paper(s) missing. Hole in back board, which also has bend. Foxing and soiling at edges, but pages readable. Overall in poor shape, but readable very rare first printing of this little known important early Kentucky history. Jereboam Orville Beauchamp (September 6, 1802 - July 7, 1826) was an American lawyer who murdered the Kentucky legislator Solomon P. Sharp; the crime is known as the Beauchamp-Sharp Tragedy. In 1821, Sharp had been accused in Bowling Green, Kentucky by Anna Cooke of fathering her illegitimate child; it was stillborn.[a] Sharp denied paternity, and public opinion favored him. In 1824, Beauchamp married Cooke, who was seventeen years older than he. She asked him to kill Sharp to defend her honor. When Sharp campaigned in 1825 for a seat in the Kentucky House of Representatives, opponents revived the story of his alleged illegitimate child by Cooke. They distributed campaign literature claiming the child was mulatto. Enraged, Beauchamp renewed his intention to avenge his wife's honor. In the early morning of November 7, 1825, he tricked Sharp to open the door at his home in Fra … [Click Below for Full Description]
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