Capital punishment in Maine
Between 1644 and 1885, 21 people were executed in Maine. Ten of these executions were carried out before statehood (gained on March 15, 1820), and eleven after. Hanging was the only method of execution.
All but two executed people were males. The first person executed in Maine, sometime in 1644, was Mrs. Cornish. Also, 23-year old Native American Patience Sampson was hanged on July 31, 1735.
Sixteen of executed were white, two were Native American, and three were African American.
A 39-year old escaped convict, Daniel Wilkinson, was the last person executed in Maine. He was hanged on November 21, 1885.
The death penalty in Maine was officially abolished in 1887 — just two years after Wilkinson's execution. Wilkinson slowly died of strangulation from a poorly tied hangman's noose, which was used as a reason by abolitionists to argue that the death penalty was inhumane.
- Simpson, Ian (2 May 2013). "Maryland becomes latest U.S. state to abolish death penalty". Yahoo! News. Reuters. Archived from the original on 24 June 2013.
- Edward Schriver, "Reluctant Hangman: The State of Maine and Capital Punishment, 1820-1887", New England Quarterly, vol. 63, no. 2 (June 1990) pp. 271–287
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