William Kemmler

1860 - 1890

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William Francis Kemmler (May 9, 1860 – August 6, 1890) was an American peddler, alcoholic, and murderer, who, in 1890, became the first person in the world to be executed by electric chair. He was convicted of murdering Matilda "Tillie" Ziegler, his common-law wife, a year earlier. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Kemmler has received more than 844,586 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 24 in 2019). William Kemmler is the 40th most popular extremist (up from 48th in 2019), the 870th most popular biography from United States (up from 1,018th in 2019) and the 13th most popular Extremist.

William Kemmler was the first person to be executed by electric chair in 1890.

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Among extremists, William Kemmler ranks 40 out of 209Before him are H. H. Holmes, Andreas Baader, Tommaso Buscetta, Nathuram Godse, Peter Kürten, and Vincenzo Peruggia. After him are Emperor Norton, Marinus van der Lubbe, George Jung, Henri Désiré Landru, Jeffrey Dahmer, and Sawney Bean.

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Among people born in 1860, William Kemmler ranks 25Before him are Paul Gottlieb Nipkow, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, René Lalique, Hugo Wolf, Princess Charlotte of Prussia, and John J. Pershing. After him are Grand Duke Paul Alexandrovich of Russia, Louis Wain, Ernest Thompson Seton, Otto Jespersen, Grand Duchess Anastasia Mikhailovna of Russia, and Isaac Levitan. Among people deceased in 1890, William Kemmler ranks 14Before him are Gyula Andrássy, Duchess Helene in Bavaria, Henri Nestlé, Joseph Merrick, Richard Francis Burton, and Augusta of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach. After him are John Henry Newman, Niels Gade, Antoine, Duke of Montpensier, Jyotirao Phule, Princess Zorka of Montenegro, and Gottfried Keller.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, William Kemmler ranks 870 out of 18,182Before him are James Woods (1947), Linda Hamilton (1956), Linda Hunt (1945), Karl Malden (1912), Irwin Rose (1926), and Norman Rockwell (1894). After him are Robert Lucas Jr. (1937), Mel Brooks (1926), Solomon Northup (1808), Jack Palance (1919), Lex Barker (1919), and Mae West (1893).

Among EXTREMISTS In United States

Among extremists born in United States, William Kemmler ranks 13Before him are Ed Gein (1906), Albert Fish (1870), John Wayne Gacy (1942), Jim Jones (1931), Machine Gun Kelly (1895), and H. H. Holmes (1861). After him are George Jung (1942), Jeffrey Dahmer (1960), Butch Cassidy (1866), Edmund Kemper (1948), George Stinney (1929), and Jordan Belfort (1962).