The U.S. Marshals Service Mourns the Death of Former U.S. Marshal John Pierpont

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Springfield, MO
– Former U.S. Marshal and longtime Greene
County Sheriff John Pierpont passed away on Tuesday.

John T. Pierpont (1929-2021) was appointed the
24th United States Marshal for the Western District of Missouri on
February 6, 1970. Pierpont served as U.S. Marshal until May 14, 1974. In
1980, Pierpont was elected Greene County Sheriff—a position he held
until his retirement in 2000.

“I first met John Pierpont when I was a young
Missouri State Trooper stationed in Springfield,” reflected current U.S.
Marshal Mark James, “Little did I imagine I would someday serve as the
United States Marshal of the Western District of Missouri—just as he
did. Whether Sheriff or Marshal, John Pierpont devoted a life to law
enforcement. Our prayers go out to his family.”

The office of U.S. Marshal was created by the
first Congress in the Judiciary Act of 1789, the same legislation that
established the Federal judicial system. U.S. Marshals are given
extensive authority to support the federal courts within their judicial
districts and to carry out all lawful orders issued by judges, Congress,
or the president.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found
at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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