Execution on the White House Lawn

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We are frequently asked whether Jefferson played a role in a White House Lawn Execution for someone convicted of treason. This is a myth. [1] Not only did Jefferson never personally shoot anyone for any reason, there were no treason executions or convictions during Jefferson's presidency. The only case that might have contributed to this myth is a case back in 1778 when Jefferson helped write a piece of legislation in Virginia to hunt down the murderer and bandit Josiah Philips for treason. This bill actually included that his associates and anyone connected with him could be executed. In the end, Josiah Philips was found and convicted not for treason, but for robbery.
--Bcraig 14:37, 18 April 2007 (EDT)


  1. In the movie, Swordfish(2001), John Travolta's character, Gabriel Shear, states that this actually happened.

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