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Leavenworth housed some of the most notorious inmates on record. Below is a small selection of the prison files available for download from the Central Plains Region of NARA. You can contact NARA here for more information.

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Doreums was a surgeon convicted of several counts of aiding and abetting pharmacists to sell morphine and cocaine, a violation of the “The Drug Act.” Sent to Leavenworth on June 13, 1920, he was sentenced to two years.
    In 1934 a man named Jim Fahey, was cited in Canada for trapping out of season. Fahey was fingerprinted and disovered to be Frank Grigware, who had broken out of Leavenworth Peniteniary twenty-four years earlier.
      During May 1929, Huffington was sentenced to two years after being convicted of violating of the Dyer Act. (taking a stolen car over state lines). He was eligible for parole in less than a year, but his sentence was commuted by President Hoover.
        Moses Harmon’s life was complicated by one problem. He was born in the wrong century. Being an advocate of women’s rights in the late 19th century wasn’t just unpopular; it could threaten your liberty.
          Oberlin Carter was a West Point graduate and Captain in the Army Corp of Engineers. He was court-martialed for defrauding the U.S. Government of nearly two million dollars (nearly fifty million today) while he was a harbor engineer.
            Tyler was one of one hundred fifty Buffalo Soldiers who in 1917 marched to Houston to confront police after a rumor spread that one of their men had been shot and killed by white officers.
              In 1937 Caldwell had the distinction of being one of the first marijuana offenders sent to federal prison. He was arrested while attempting to sell his contraband and had on him six marijuana cigarettes and just over seven ounces of marijuana.
                This CD contains the following Leavenworth federal prison files: Moses Harmon, William Pearce, Oberlin Carter, Frank Grigware, Roy Tyler, William Haywood, C.T. Doreums, Robert Stroud, Joe Huffington, and Samuel Caldwell.
                  William “Big Bill” Haywood was a labor leader and prominent member of the Industrial Workers of the World (known also as “the Wobblies”) during the early 20th century.
                    In March of 1909, notorious outlaw William “Driftwood Jim” Pearce was about to be released from Leavenworth at the expiration of his sentence. A prison official sent out a letter warning the Kansas City Chief of Police of the desperado who might soon be..