Haywood-Moyer-Pettibone Case

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HAYWOOD-MOYER-PETTIBONE CASE, one of the great criminal cases involving organized labor in the United States. Developing in 1905 after Harry Orchard planted a bomb that killed former Idaho Gov. Frank Steunenberg, the case involved the principal officers of the old Western Federation of Miners. The assassin turned state's evidence and accused the three union leaders, Charles H. Moyer, president; William ("Big Bill") Haywood, secretary-treasurer; and George A. Pettibone, formerly prominent in the union but at that time retired. Using questionable methods, these men were extradited from Colorado to Idaho. A jury of farmers and ranchers acquitted Haywood, the first to be tried. Pettibone, too, was acquitted, and Moyer was released without trial.


Grant, Luke. "Idaho Murder Trial," Outlook, vol. 85, and "The Haywood Trial: A Review," Outlook, vol. 86.

Hayes, Arthur G. Trial by Prejudice. New York: Covici, Friede, 1933.

Gordon S.Watkins/c. w.

See alsoCoeur d'Alene Riots ; Extradition .

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