Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    Chris Madsen Document Signed. Partly printed receipt, 7" x 3", Frederick, Oklahoma; December 14, 1907. Madsen signs in the engrossment as Deputy Marshall, for payment made in a Bankruptcy case. From the Robert E. Davis Collection.
    Condition: Except for a small punch hole at the top left hand corner, the draft is in fine condition.


    More Information:

    Chris Madsen (1851-1944), a famous lawman in the Old West, was born Chris Madsen Rormose in Denmark, but dropped his last name when he immigrated to the United States in 1876.  He had been involved in criminal activities, serving several prison sentences between 1869 and 1874 for begging, vagrancy, fraud, and forgery. Possibly paid by the Danish government to leave the country, Madsen arrived in New York City in 1876 and enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving served fifteen years in the Fifth Cavalry.

     

    While serving in the army, Madsen was court-martialed, but acquitted, for stealing government grain; but later convicted for larceny, he served five months in the Wyoming Territorial Penitentiary. Discharged in January 1891, Madsen became a deputy U.S. marshal under Marshal William Grimes in Oklahoma Territory, a position he held until 1893.  In 1898 he joined Theodore Roosevelt's Rough Riders, serving as quartermaster sergeant. After the Spanish-American War ended, Madsen returned to Oklahoma and served as a deputy U.S. marshal. After John L. "Jack" Abernathy became U.S. marshal of Oklahoma Territory in February 1906, Madsen worked as his chief deputy, where he had a long career. He was known as one of the "Three Guardsman," along with two other deputy U.S. marshals who were responsible for arrest or killing of several leading outlaws of the era. 



    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    March, 2017
    24th Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 275

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $250,000 (minimum $19), plus 20% of any amount between $250,000 and $2,500,000, plus 12% of any amount over $2,500,000 per lot.

    Sold on Mar 24, 2017 for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2021 November 12 - 13 Space Exploration Signature Auction.

    Learn about consigning with us

    The pre and post sales experience was wonderful and flawless. Heritage has the best in-house operation I have ever seen and their people are not only professional but fun to work with, especially Steve C.

    As for Heritage's online system… Yes the interface is more complex than what we are used to with SAN but what is behind that interface is amazing for sellers and buyers alike. It is real time and for a real serious auction buyer there is nothing better in the auction industry, bar none.
    Ron Cipolla,
    AZ
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search