Schwartz To Prison

Schwartz, W. B. - 1906-11-27Schwartz to Prison.

William B. Schwartz, the Indianapolis attorney, who was indicted on a charge of coining and passing counterfeit dollars, entered a plea of guilty, and was given a $10 fine and costs, and five years in the United States prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kas., at hard labor. Schwartz pleased his own case, and gave the judge a written appeal for clemency. Judge Anderson was not inclined to show mercy. After Schwartz stated that he had been an attorney for 18 years, the judge replied: “After 19 years as a lawyer you deliberately turned and violated the laws of the country.” He then fixed the sentence.

“Schwartz to Prison,” Indianapolis Sun (Indianapolis, Indiana), 27 November 1906, p. 1, col. 5; digital image, Newspaper Archive ( : accessed 7 April 2014).

7 thoughts on “Schwartz To Prison

    1. Genealogy Lady Post author

      I am not sure if there were any other options besides hard labor. I haven’t done much research on prison conditions and sentences. I just know they were horrid.

      1. Genealogy Lady Post author

        I honestly think he is one in a million, and I lucked out when Newspaper Archive included the Brazil newspapers in their database. Most people I have maybe found one or two articles, and an obituary for. The funny thing is that I haven’t found an obituary for W.B. yet.

      2. thegenealogygirl

        LOL! Well, with everything else you have found, you probably don’t have lots of room to complain about that. 😉 You could probably write it yourself at this point.

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