U.S. Marshal badge


Deputy U. S. Marshal J. M. Tanner's gold badge

Josias M. "Si" Tanner lead the roundup of Soapy Smith's gang following Smith's death, and helped prevent the outbreak of vigilante revenge. Tanner was deputized to replace the previous deputy marshal, who had been a gang member. Grateful Skagway citizens used gold recovered from Soapy's possessions to make this badge for Tanner. The reverse is inscribed "Presented by J. D. Stewart." Stewart was the miner whose robbery set off the chain of events that led to Soapy's demise.

Josias Martin Tanner, Deputy U.S. Marshal (wearing badge),
with Tlingit Indian interpreter Dave Willard,
Skagway, March 31, 1900.



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