17 December 1914 – Arthur Hodges

Arthur Hodges killed a policeman while resisting arrest.

For that the African-American was put on the electric chair and became the first person to be executed by the chair in Arkansas.

He was 21 years old.

Also on this day

17 December 1918 – William Rooney

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One Response to “17 December 1914 – Arthur Hodges”

  1. The original Arkansas electric chair was assembled using wood from the gallows which it replaced. The chair was succeeded by another chair in the late 1970’s, which executed only one inmate, John Swindler, a decade later.

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