Utah Department of Administrative Services

Division of Archives & Records Service

Governor Spry (1909-1917) Joseph Hillstrom Case Records

Joseph Hillstrom Case Records

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Utah State Archives Series 6642

As chief executive officer of the state, Governor Spry had the authority to commute the sentences of those convicted of crimes. The murder conviction and execution of Joseph Hillstrom (Joe Hill) became one of the most controversial criminal cases in Utah history; it generated national and international interest. These records were collected by the Governor's office during the time of the controversy.

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