John W. Davis, a trial lawyer from Worland, Wyoming will be showcasing his new book The Trial of Tom Horn, published with the University of Oklahoma Press in 2016. Mr. Davis has had a long and distinguished career as an attorney in the state of Wyoming. Late in his career, however, he decided to transition to writing on the subject of Wyoming’s legal history. In this presentation, he will highlight how the trial and conviction of Tom Horn marked a major milestone in the hard-fought battle against vigilantism in the state of Wyoming, and will illuminate the larger narrative of conflict between the power of wealth and the forces of law and order in the American West.
This presentation will be lecture style, followed by a question and answer period. Mr. Davis will be presenting on his research, and will discuss, of course, the myths and legends surrounding this historic figure.