Birthplace: Philadelphia, PA
Location of death: Auburn, NY
Cause of death: Execution
Remains: Buried, Auburn Prison Cemetery, Auburn, NY
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Nationality: United States
Executive summary: First man executed by electric chair
Kemmler was first given a jolt of 2000 volts, sustained for 20 seconds, and presumed dead. Some minutes later it was discovered that his heart was still beating, and Kemmler began to groan. The current was reapplied and left on for a minute and a half, singeing his flesh.
Wife: Matilda Ziegler ("Tillie", common law)
Murder Matilda Ziegler, with a hatchet, Buffalo, NY (29-Mar-1889)
Caught Fire 6-Aug-1890
Risk Factors: Alcoholism
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