Tipper Gore, an amateur genealogical researcher, discovered that her
husband's great-great uncle, Chadsworth Gore, a fellow lacking in
character, was hanged for horse stealing and train robbery in Tennessee
The only known photograph of Chadsworth Gore shows him standing on the
gallows. On the back of the picture is this inscription:
"Chadsworth Gore; horse thief, sent to Tennessee Prison 1885, escaped
1887, robbed the Tennessee Flyer six times. Caught by Pinkerton
detectives, convicted and hanged in 1889."
After letting Al Gore and his staff of professional image consultants
peruse the findings, they decided to crop Chadsworth's picture, scan it
in as an enlarged image, and edit it with image processing software so that
the biographical sketch was sent to the Associated Press as follows:
"Chadsworth Gore was a famous rancher in early Tennessee history. His
business empire grew to include acquisition of valuable equestrian assets
and intimate dealings with the Tennessee railroad. Beginning in 1883, he
devoted several years to service at a government facility, finally taking
leave to resume his dealings with the railroad. In 1887, he was a key
in a vital investigation run by the renowned Pinkerton Detective Agency.
In 1889, Chadsworth Gore passed away during an important civic function
held in his honor when the platform upon which he was standing collapsed."
And thus passed the very first "Hanging Chad."