: Before the Ohio Penitentiary’s closing in 1979, the east annex within the facility housed and displayed photographs of many of the prisoners sentenced to death throughout the state’s history. This portrait of William Wright is one of them. Also located in this section of the penitentiary were the cells of prisoners awaiting execution and the death chamber itself.
The Ohio Penitentiary closed in 1972 when construction of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility was completed in Lucasville. At this time, the execution chamber was relocated to the new Lucasville facility and the photograph collection of condemned prisoners was donated to the Ohio Historical Society.
The caption at the bottom of Wright's photograph reads, “William Wright, of Franklin County, Electrocuted April 9, 1935, for the murder of Mrs. Addie Warrick, at Columbus, Ohio.” Wright was executed at the age of 39.
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: AL08220 Subjects
: Ohio History--State and Local Government--Law; Ohio History--State and Local Government--Corrections; Capital punishment--Ohio--History; Electrocution; Death row; Ohio Penitentiary (Columbus, Ohio) Places
: Franklin County (Ohio); Columbus (Ohio)