Thursday, October 4, 2018

On This Date in Minnesota History: October 4

October 4, 1905 – Hugh Hamilton, a prominent poultry raiser of Greensboro Count, Pa., was perhaps fatally shot today in a crowded dining room on Pittsburg’s Smithfield Street, by Anthony Oleson, a well-educated young Swede, who had never seen Hamilton before. The police are of the opinion he is the same Oleson who, on Oct. 5, 1904, entered the White House with evidently murderous intent toward President Theodore Roosevelt, shot an officer and made his escape, and that Oleson came from Minneapolis, having lived on Cedar Ave. in that city. Oleson is the second Minneapolis Swede to attempt to harm President Roosevelt.1 The Minneapolis police have been asked concerning him.

Oleson is in the Central Station, where he was taken only after the greatest trouble by a squad of policemen. An infuriated crowd of spectators gathered around the Swede after the shooting and would have lynched him had it not been for the overwhelming number of police.

The Minneapolis Tribune; “Crank From Minneapolis on Way to President, Shoots Stranger”; Oct. 5, 1905; p. 7.

White House 1905

1Minnesotan tries to force his way into White House to see Roosevelt; see Oct. 5, 2014 blog

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