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Legislator Ramsey Killed, 1906

Transcribed from The Murray Messenger,
published at Spring Place, Georgia,
April 27, 1906:

By Deadly Bullet From assassin's Gun.

After the Fata Shot was Fired–Assailant Caught.

Hon. A. K. Ramsey was shot and fatally wounded on last Sunday night at 7 o'clock by Jim Franklin near his home six miles south of town.

Joe Swanger, Jim Franklin and another man were in the road near Mr. Ramsey's house cursing and abusing a yoke of cattle which they were driving, and it being so near Capt. Ramsey's house, and in hearing of his family, he went out and asked them to quit–that it was doing no good and they could get the cattle along easier if they did not abuse them, whereupon one of the men ordered him to go into the house and attend to his own business, and at the same time, it is reported, knocking him down with a pair of knucks, or something similar; when he arose trying to defend himself, Franklin ran up and when within a few feet of him fired his pistol in Capt. Ramsey's body, the bullet taking effect in the lower part of the bowels, ranging up, it is thought, into the stomach.

After shooting Capt. Ramsey down, the assailants made their escape being caught later in the night at Sid Willison's in the Ball Ground sitrict and are now in jail in Spring Place.

Capt. Ramsey was a confederate soldier, having fought four years for his country. He had always taken an active place in politics, serving his county in various important offices, among which, as representative, he served a number of terms and was a member of the legislature when he died. He was known all over the country as one of the biggest hearted men who ever lived in Murray County, and never turned a stranger from his gate who asked for shelter and something to eat.

He lingered between life and death until Wednesday night at about the same hour that he was shot, when he died in great agony, surrounded by his family and a number of friends.

The interment takes placed today at 10 o'clock at the Ramsey burying ground near his residence.

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