Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Frank Steunenberg - Idaho's Wild West History

This statue of Frank Steunenberg is right across from the Capitol. He was the fourth governor of Idaho - but what most people remember is he was the one who was murdered. He was killed by a one-time union member. I don't know the specific controversy, but there was a lot of labor unrest at the time. Steunenberg was killed by a bomb rigged to the front gate of his home in Caldwell. At the time he was murdered, he was not Governor - he served just one term. The trial for those accused of killing him was a national headline grabber. One man was convicted and spent his life in prison.


  1. Thanks for stopping by to take a picture of Governor Steunenberg.


  2. Steunenberg was elected governor in 1896 and re-elected in 1898; terms for Idaho governors were two years until the 1946 election.


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