William D. Allison

William Davis Allison (1861 – April 1, 1923)[2] was an American lawman.[3] He served as lieutenant in the service of the Arizona Rangers from 1903 to 1904.[4][5][6]

William D. Allison
William Davis Allison[1]

1861 (1861)
Ohio, U.S.
DiedApril 1, 1923(1923-04-01) (aged 61–62)


Allison was born in Ohio.[1][3] He moved to Texas for which Allison was a cowboy and wrangler.[1] He was sharp and liked by people for which he was nominated to become sheriff in Midland County, Texas.[1] His nomination become successful for which Allison was marked as the youngest sheriff in Texas, in 1888.[1] He served as the sheriff for ten years.[1][7] Allison then served as the city marshal in Roswell, New Mexico.[1] In 1903, he was hired by the second captain of the Arizona Rangers, Thomas H. Rynning to become a Arizona ranger.[1] He served as lieutenant.[5][7] Allison had previously served as a inspector in the Texas Cattle Raisers for three years.[7] He then served as deputy sheriff in Chaves County, New Mexico.[7]

Allison allegedly had killed Jack Dunlop in a train robbery in Fairbank, Arizona.[3] He also seized two brothers who were outlaws.[3] Allison had retired as a lieutenant for the Arizona Rangers in 1904,[6] in which he settled in Texas.[3] With settling in Texas, he extinguished Pascal Morosco.[3] Allison specified as a "Special Texas Ranger", in 1917.[1] He worked along with inspector, Horace L. Roberson on an examination.[1] In 1923, they've both had to attend a grand jury for which they had both conferred evidence against their suspects, but it never happened.[1] They both had met their attorneys at the Gaines Hotel for which in a while their suspects Milt Good and Tom Ross had carried a shotgun and a pistol.[1] Allison and Roberson were both killed by their suspects, in which Allison's body was on the floor in April 1923 in Seminole, Texas.[1][3] Roberson's wife had heard the shooting.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n McCord, Monty (July 1, 2018). Calling the Brands: Stock Detectives in the Wild West. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. pp. 88–89. ISBN 9781493030880 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ Harris, Charles; Sadler, Louis (April 25, 2019). The Texas Rangers in Transition: From Gunfighters to Criminal Investigators, 1921–1935. University of Oklahoma Press. p. 116. ISBN 9780806163642 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Thrapp, Dan (June 1, 1991). Encyclopedia of Frontier Biography: A-F. University of Nebraska Press. p. 17. ISBN 9780803294189 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ Turner, D. L. (2007). "Arizona's Twenty-Four Hour War: The Arizona Rangers and the Cananea Copper Strike of 1906". The Journal of Arizona History. Arizona Historical Society. 48 (3): 267. JSTOR 41697060 – via JSTOR.
  5. ^ a b "Arizona Rangers". Arizona Trails. Archived from the original on March 19, 2022. Retrieved March 19, 2022 – via Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ a b Roth, Mitchel; Olson, James (2001). Historical Dictionary of Law Enforcement. Greenwood Press. p. 452. ISBN 9780313305603 – via Google Books.
  7. ^ a b c d "Lieutenant Of Rangers: William D. Allison Appointed to Succeed Lieutenant Foster". Arizona Republic. Phoenix, Arizona. October 22, 1903. p. 1. Retrieved March 19, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.  

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