Frank Walworth (front center) with his siblings circa 1871.  The Walworths were a socially prominent Saratoga family.

In June 1873, Frank, then 19 years old, shot his father, Mansfield Tracy Walworth, to death in a Manhattan hotel room. Frank calmly settled his hotel bill then turned himself over to the authorities.  Mansfield Walworth had been a violently abusive husband and Frank claimed he was protecting his mother from death threats.  He received a life sentence of hard labor at Sing Sing prison but was pardoned in 1877.  He eventually died of a lung infection at the age of 33 leaving behind a wife and 8 month old daughter.

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