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    The Tombstone and Arizona Territory Collection

    Tombstone, Arizona: John H. Behan, Sheriff and Tax Collector. A tax payment voucher, 7.5" x 4.375", in the amount of $1,235.52 from the Pima County Bank to the Tax Collector's Office, Cochise County, Arizona Territory. The voucher, dated October 4, 1881, is on a printed form of the Tax Collector's Office and is signed by J. H. Behan as Tax Collector. Note that Behan's received 10% of the tax for a fee of $112.32, and indication that the post of tax collector was a lucrative one.

    John Harris Behan (1844-1912) served as sheriff of Cochise County from April 1881 to November 1882. As sheriff he was responsible for collecting prostitution, gambling, liquor, theater fees as well as taxes, for which he received a 10% of all payments. As a result of his take from tax payments, Behan was accused of graft, though the charge was never proven. An interesting document that provides an insight on municipal business was transacted in Tombstone. The voucher is in good condition.


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