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Feudists intensify conflict by lynching


On this day in 1874, R. P. "Scrap" Taylor and two others were lynched at Clinton, Texas. The incident was part of the notorious Sutton-Taylor feud, which grew out of violent Reconstruction-era politics. The Suttons were allied with the Reconstruction authorities, particularly the State Police, while the Taylors opposed them. The family fight began in earnest when Bill Sutton killed William "Buck" Taylor on Christmas Eve 1868. It subsequently developed into the longest and bloodiest feud in Texas history. It ended with the killing of Jim Taylor and two companions by a Cuero posse on December 27, 1875. Other Reconstruction-era feuds included the Earl-Hasley feud in Bell County and the Lee-Peacock feud in the Grayson-Fannin County area.

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