Talk:Joseph Holt

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--Rich Rostrom (Talk) 01:19, 26 August 2007 (UTC)

Rewrite to fix obvious errors and style problems.[edit]

Fixed several obvious typos (e.g. "where" for "were") and several clumsy or overlong sentences.

Removed redundant links and OT material appropriate to other articles.

"Surratt was the first woman in American history to be executed."

This claim is clearly false and was deleted. The "Espy File" of executions in America records 279 women executed before Mrs. Surratt, going back to the 1630s.

http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/ESPYyear.pdf {bad link}

--Rich Rostrom (Talk) 02:25, 26 August 2007 (UTC)

Comment[edit]

Mary Elizabeth Jenkins Surratt (1820 or May 1823 – July 7, 1865) was convicted of taking part in the conspiracy to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln. Sentenced to death, she was hanged, becoming the first woman executed by the United States federal government. While other women, white, native and Africans had been executed since 1632 in local and state incidents, Surratt was the first woman executed by the federal government.
Sources:
Gillespie, L. Kay. Executed Women of the 20th and 21st Centuries. Lanham, Md.: University Press of America, 2009. See page 152.
Griffin, John Chandler. Abraham Lincoln's Execution. Gretna, La.: Pelican Publishing Co., 2006. See page 68.
O'Shea, Kathleen. Women and the Death Penalty in the United States, 1900-1998: Praeger Publishing, 1999. See page 101.
Jrcrin001 (talk) 15:23, 5 June 2013 (UTC)