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Latest revision as of 14:21, 25 March 2020

J. Samuel McCue
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James Samuel McCue

Alderman
Electoral District First Ward
Term Start 1888
Term End 1890
Succeeded by J. Samuel McCue

Alderman
Electoral District First Ward
Term Start 1890
Term End 1892
Preceded by J. Samuel McCue
Succeeded by J. Samuel McCue

Alderman
Electoral District First Ward
Term Start 1892
Term End 1894
Preceded by J. Samuel McCue

Electoral District At-large
Term Start 1896
Term End 1898
Preceded by J. S. Patton
Succeeded by J. Samuel McCue

Electoral District At-large
Term Start September 1, 1898
Term End August 31, 1900
Preceded by J. Samuel McCue
Succeeded by C. W. Allen

Electoral District At-large
Term Start September 1, 1902
Term End August 31, 1904
Preceded by C. W. Allen
Succeeded by George W. Olivier

Biographical Information

Date of birth 1861
Date of death February 10, 1905
Place of death Charlottesville, VA
Spouse Fannie Crawford McCue
Children James William "Willie," Samuel Overton, Ruby Grigsby and Harry Moon
Residence 501 Park Street
Profession Attorney
Religion Presbyterian

James Samuel McCue (1861-1905), a former mayor of Charlottesville who was publicly hanged in 1905 at the Old County Jail after being convicted of murdering his wife[1] Fannie Crawford McCue on September 4, 1904 at their home on Park Street.

The murder and hanging have become staples of local folklore and an integral part of the Charlottesville-Albemarle Historical Society’s annual Spirit Walk. The supposed rope used to hang McCue resides in the University of Virginia Alderman Library’s archives.

Biography

Political life

His first candidacy for Alderman was before the Council when that body was engaged in filling a vacancy from the First Ward. Another citizen - not a candidate - was elected. He was afterwards chosen by the voters and held the office six years. In 1894 he was a candidate for Mayor, but was defeated, running third in the race. He was successful two years later, and served two successive terms - 1896-1900. His third term was from 1902 to 1904, closing four days before the murder of his wife. During his first and second terms the Mayor's duties included the trial of police cases.

Marriage and family

Marital issues

Murder

Four days after the closing of McCue's third term as Mayor on August 31, 1904, Fannie Crawford McCue was found shot to death in their home on Park Street. The former mayor claimed that his wife had been shot by burglars and he had been assaulted and left for dead on the floor of the bedroom. Rumors abounded that he was in some way involved; McCue maintained his innocence, going so far as to place an ad in the September 5, 1904 Daily Progress, offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the murderer. He was not formally charged until days later, after a lengthy police investigation.

Arrest

Arraignment

Trial

The Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals declined to re-hear his case on January 26, 1905. [2]

Final days, death, and burial

Local folklore

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References

  1. Strong, Ted. "Old County Jail May Get New Life | Charlottesville Daily Progress." Charlottesville News, Sports, Business, Events and Jobs | Charlottesville Daily Progress. 5 July 2010. Web. 07 July 2010. <http://www2.dailyprogress.com/cdp/news/local/article/old_county_jail_may_get_new_life/57932/>.
  2. Web. McCue Refused a Re-hearing, Staff Reports, Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, January 26, 1905, retrieved January 22, 2017 from University of Virginia Library. Print. January 26, 1905 page 1.