State v. Oscar Steinwehr

Order: 
Supreme Court Case Name: 
State v. Oscar Steinwehr
Case Date: 
1858
Court Origin: 
Circuit - Criminal
Cause/Crime: 
Unlawful Voting

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Division: 
East
Number of Pages: 
19
Notes / Description: 

When voting in 1856 election for U.S. President & Vice President, Steinwehr tried to vote 3 times instead of 1 by folding 3 tickets as 1 ticket & placing in hands of David G. Taylor, sheriff & election officer in Kingston, who noticed problem when ticket wouldn't go into ballot box. Three juries couldn't agree so 3 mistrials entered; 4th jury found Steinwehr guilty & fined him $5. Steinwehr described as man of good character, industrious, more than ordinary intelligence, but foreigner so prone to mistakes