Name & Rank: Watch Officer Jonathan Houghton, Boston Watch
Cause of Death: Assault
Date of Incident: Monday, December 12, 1825
Weapon Used: Edged weapon; axe
Suspect Info: Hung
Watch Officer Jonathan Houghton succumbed to wounds received while on duty one week earlier when he was attacked by a man with an axe. It is not known what provoked the attack. The man was convicted and hung in March 1826.
Watch Officer Houghton was survived by his wife and 15 children. His widow received a pension of one year’s wages.
[Source: The Officer Down Memorial Page]