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U.S. Marshall Robert Forsyth

( 1754-1794 )

 
 
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By Mike Stroud, July 2008
1. U.S. Marshall Robert Forsyth Marker
Inscription. Robert Forsyth was the first law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty. Captain of Light Dragoons in Henry "Light-Horse Harry" Lee's cavalry during the Revolutionary War, Forsyth had been appointed the first marshal for the District of Georgia by President Washington in 1789. Forsyth also served as justice of the peace and as a trustee of Richmond Academy. On January 11, 1794, Forsyth was shot and killed by Beverly Allen while attempting to serve civil court papers. Allen was arrested and escaped twice, finally fleeing to Kentucky. Robert Forsyth, father of Georgia Governor John Forsyth, is buried in St. Paul's cemetery.
 
Erected 2008 by The Georgia Historical Society and the United States Marshals Service Association. (Marker Number 121-12.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 33° 28.565′ N, 81° 57.649′ W. Marker is in Augusta, Georgia, in Richmond County. Marker is on Washington Street near Reynolds Street. Touch for map. At St. Paul's Church rear parking lot. Marker is in this post office area: Augusta GA 30901, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Washington's Southern Tour
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By U.S. Marshals Information
2. U.S. Marshall Robert Forsyth
(a few steps from this marker); Five Indian Nations (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Augusta (within shouting distance of this marker); Railroads (within shouting distance of this marker); The Colonial Church of Augusta (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Augusta ~ Fort Cornwallis / St. Paul's Episcopal Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Colonel William Few, Jr. (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Major Ferdinand Phinizy (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Augusta.
 
Also see . . .  U.S. Marshals Information:. Since the death of Marshal Forsyth, over 200 federal Marshals, Deputy Marshals, Special Deputy Marshals and Marshals guards have given their lives in service to their nation. We honor their memory and their sacrifice. (Submitted on August 12, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. Colonial EraHeroesNotable PersonsWar, US Revolutionary
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 12, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,889 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 12, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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