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The Electric Chair Was Invented By A Dentist



April 24, 2024

  • The electric chair was not invented by a dentist. It was actually designed and developed by a dentist, Alfred P. Southwick, who was inspired by the idea of using electricity as a more humane method of execution compared to hanging.
  • Southwick was motivated by witnessing an accidental death caused by electricity and believed that electrocution could provide a more efficient and less painful means of carrying out the death penalty.
  • The first electric chair was constructed and used for an execution in 1890 in New York’s Auburn Prison.
  • It was not widely adopted initially, but over time, the electric chair became a common method of execution in several U.S. states.