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Our History

Joseph Allen Purvis

Name:  Joseph Allen Purvis

Date of Birth: Unknown

Date of Death: 03/30/1928

Location of Death: Seattle, Washington




On 3/19/1928, Prohibition Agent Joseph Purvis was driving his Government vehicle in Seattle, WA, when a truck, attempting to make a U-turn, suddenly swerved in front of him.  Agent Purvis was unable to stop and crashed into the truck.  Agent Purvis suffered serious injuries from the impact with the steering wheel and flying glass.  He was rushed to the local hospital, but died nine days later.


Agent Purvis joined the Prohibition Unit on 6/1/1925, and was assigned to the Seattle field office.