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Texas Legislature Replaces Gallows With The Chair

The Texas legislature passed L.K. Irwin’s “Electric Chair Bill” on August 14, 1923 after the state representative promised to be present at the first electrocution.

True to his word, the politician watched in horror as five condemned men were put to death one after the other on opening night.  When the ghastly spectacle was over, Irwin questioned whether the newfangled “chair” really was a humane alternative to public hanging.