American clerk who was convicted of the 1842 murder of printer Samuel Adams and whose trial became the center of a New York media firestorm.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps but forged a letter to get himself discharged.
He was sentenced to hang but committed suicide on the day of his scheduled execution.
His brother is famed industrialist and Colt firearm founder Samuel Colt.
He was friends with famous sculptor Hiram Powers.