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Title Petition to the Governor of Virginia
Dates of Creation 1905-1906
Scope & Content A blank petition to Governor Claude A. Swanson of Virginia to commute the death sentence passed on Morris Cremeans for the murder of George Kidd to a life sentence in the penitentiary.
On the night of April 24, 1905, Morris Cremeans shot George Kidd while the latter was in bed at his home in Giles county. Kidd died a few days later. Cremeans was sentenced by the Giles County Circuit Court to be hanged on July 21, 1905. The Virginia Supreme Court heard his appeal on December 14, 1905, but the judgment of the Circuit Court of Giles County was affirmed and Cremeans was re-sentenced to be hanged on March 23, 1906. At the request of Cremeans' spiritual advisor, his hanging was respited until April 6, 1906 to give Cremeans time to prepare for death.
Year Range from 1905
Year Range to 1906
Subjects Petitions
Search Terms Governor's petition
People Cremeans, Morris
Kidd, Geo.
Swanson, Claude A. (Gov. Of Virginia)
Collection History Museum of Western Virginia
Imagefile 001\196027.JPG
Number of images 1
Object Name Petition
Catalog Number 1960.2.7
Extent of Description 1-paper document, size 14 1/2" x 8 1/2"