City Marshal of Lexington, Kentucky dies in the performance of his duty
In Lexington, Kentucky, William Barker committed a breach of the peace and City Marshal Joseph Beard, attempted to arrest him. Barker stabbed and killed Beard. When the news of the killing spreads, a mob took Barker from the city jail and hanged him. (By John Osborne)
The American Almanac and Repository of Useful Knowledge for the Year 1859, (Boston: Crosby, Nichols, and Company, 1859), 371.