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First person to die by means of the electric chair...

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August 16, 1890

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York, Aug. 16, 1890

* William Francis Kemmler
* 1st electric chair execution

Page 2 has an entire column taken up with an historic report headed: "The First Electrical Execution" being a report of the electrocution of William Kemmler (see photos). A fascinating article with interesting & graphic details of the process, and even more significant to have this report in a science-related magazine.
Other articles are "New Elevated Cable Street Railway, Jersey City"; "An Improved Car Starter", "The New Carbonic Acid Gun of M. Giffard"; "Torpedo Target Practice at Kiel";  "The Garter Snake"; and more articles, illustrations and advertisements.
You get the complete 16 page issue which is in very nice condition.
Note: William Kemmler was the first person to be legally executed using the electric chair.

Category: Post-Civil War