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Fort Benton in Chouteau County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Drowning of the Governor

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 14, 2019
1. Drowning of the Governor Marker
Inscription.  Thomas Francis Meagher was born in Ireland in 1823. An Irish Revolutionary, he was caught and sentenced to death. Meagher's sentence was commuted to exile in Tasmania but he escaped to the United States. As a Brigadier General, Meagher commanded the Fighting 69th during the Civil War and was the hero of the Union Army at the Battle of Antietam. He came West after the war as the secretary to the Governor, and became Acting Governor when the appointee refused to say in Montana. Meagher had just been relieved of his position as Governor when he came to Fort Benton for one final duty - to pick up arms and ammunition for the Montana Militia. What occurred the evening of July 1, 1867 is still speculation. Did he fall overboard, was he pushed, or was he weighed down and thrown? His body was never found. Your guess is as good as anyone's!
 
Erected by Fort Benton Community Improvement Association.
 
Location. 47° 49.15′ N, 110° 39.93′ W. Marker is in Fort Benton, Montana, in Chouteau County. Marker is on Front Street near 17th
Drowning of the Governor Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 14, 2019
2. Drowning of the Governor Marker
Bust of Meagher in the foreground.
Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Benton MT 59442, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Thomas Francis Meager (here, next to this marker); T.C. Power & Bro. (within shouting distance of this marker); T.C. Power Building (within shouting distance of this marker); H.J. Wackerlin Hardware Company (within shouting distance of this marker); T.C. Power Dry Goods Store (within shouting distance of this marker); The Choteau House (within shouting distance of this marker); Mullan Wagon Road (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Choteau House (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Benton.
 
More about this marker. This marker is in Fort Benton's riverside park.
 
Also see . . .  How Did Thomas Francis Meagher Really Die? -- Daily History. Theories have been argued as to whether Meagher committed suicide, had a tragic accident, or was murdered. Authors such as Timothy Egan advocate the murder theory while Paul R. Wylie concludes it was an accident due to Meagher’s drunken state. (Submitted on November 6, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
 
Categories. Settlements & SettlersWar, US CivilWars, Non-US
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on November 24, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 6, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 46 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 6, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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