New York's Death Penalty at the End of the 19th Century: 1863-1900

Francis Kealty, University at Albany

This paper examines death penalty law and practices in New York between 1863 and 1900, a time following the peak of the abolition movement in the state and during which the country's first law authorizing death by the electric chair was passed and utilized. The paper includes a description of the legal, social and political context surrounding the electric chair's origns, and state and national reactions to the country's first electrocutions.

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