- Marshal & Mrs. Spriet
We sat down with our resident Marshal and asked him a few questions about what the Marshal Service does.
AWHC: What is the difference between a Marshal and a Sheriff?
Marshal: A Marshal upholds the law on a nation wide scale and a Sheriff enforces local law.
AWHC: What role did the Marshals play in the expansion of the West?
Marshal: As the nation expanded westward, the US Marshals were the only Federal Law Enforcement organization in the territories. Once a town was established the people would elect a Sheriff.
AWHC: What jurisdiction did Marshals have?
Marshal: The Marshals have jurisdiction nation wide which allowed them to implement manhunts across state lines.
AWHC: Who are some of the more famous Marshals?
Marshal: Virgil Earp, Bass Reeves, Wild Bill Hickok, Bat Masterson.
AWHC: Are there still Marshals around today?
Marshal: Yes, they enforce the federal laws as well as countless other tasks.
AWHC: When did the Marshals start?
Marshal: 1789 by George Washington with the First Congress.