|Marshal James Strickland|
Back to the Future
James Strickland was the Chief Marshal of Hill Valley in 1885, and the paternal grandfather of Robert Strickland, Edna Strickland, and Gerald Strickland (AKA Stanford S. Strickland). Along with his son Roger (presumably the father of Robert, Edna, and Gerald Strickland), the Marshal was first seen attending the festival that celebrated the clock tower being constructed. He arrived in Hill Valley in 1874.
He and his deputy made sure that no one went to the party armed, although Strickland missed a small derringer pistol hidden underneath the hat of Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen. Tannen snidely told the Marshal that he ought to smile since it was a party, but the stoic lawman simply replied he would only smile when he saw Tannen hanged. After Tannen and his men left, Strickland turned to his son and told him to always remember to value discipline above all else. Later at the party, Strickland showed up armed with a shotgun during a tense moment between Tannen and "Clint Eastwood," breaking up the confrontation and getting the party back on track. He was not seen again after this, but his granddaughter Edna Strickland stated that he was shot and killed by "Mad Dog" Tannen.