WORLD'S FIRST ELECTRIC CHAIR
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What was the world's first electric chair?
Just like the light bulb, the
electric chair was not invented by Thomas Edison. It was, however, created by
one of his employees, Harold P. Brown.
In 1886 New York State established a committee to
determine a more humane system for executing prisoners to replace hanging.
Edison jumped in trying to show AC electricity was an
efficient and more humane way of doing things., but he may have had alternate
motives as he wanted to associate AC electricity with death and promote his DC
In the next
couple of years Thomas Edison and Harold P. Brown tested the chair successfully
on many animals including an elephant.
In 1889 the committee adopted the electric chair.
On March 29 1889 William Kemler killed his lover
Matilda Ziegler with an axe in Buffalo, New York and in May he was
sentenced to death.
August 06 1890 William Kemmler became the first person executed by the electric
On March 20 1899
Martha M. Place was executed at Sing Sing Prison becoming the first woman
executed by the electric chair.
First Electric Chair
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