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On August 5, 1639, Gregory Peterson, a soldier at the Fort Amsterdam garrison, was executed by a firing squad for an unknown act of mutiny. Peterson was the first person known to be executed in what was to become New York.
All known executions conducted in or by the estate of New York from 1639 through 1963 are covered here. In 1963 the last execution occurred before the state formally abolished the death penalty in 1965 (and reinstated it in 1995). Arranged chronologically, each entry includes the executed person's name and race, and the crime for which he or she was sentenced to death. This is followed by details of the crime and information on the place and method of execution.
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Daniel Allen Hearn is also the author of Legal Executions in New Jersey: A Comprehensive Registry, 1691-1963 (2005) and Legal Executions in New England: A Comprehensive Reference, 1623-1960 (1999, republished in paperback in 2007). He is employed by the federal government and lives in Monroe, Connecticut.Review:
Extensive research...would be a useful addition to the collections of general, academic, and law libraries...particularly timely. --Catholic Library World
Fascinating. --The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record
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