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Elder Johnson portrait
Description: This photograph from the Ohio Penitentiary in Columbus is of 52-year-old Elder Johnson of Franklin County. His formal attire suggests that the photograph was taken during his trial or sentencing. Johnson was convicted of murder night watchman Moses Terry, and became the 244th individual to be executed via the electric chair in Ohio. The caption at the bottom reads: “No. 244, Elder Johnson of Franklin County, Legally Electrocuted September 8th, 1945, for the Murder of Moses Terry.” In 1885 the Ohio Penitentiary in Columbus, Ohio, became the location for all executions, which previously took place in the various county seats. In 1896 the Ohio General Assembly mandated that electrocution replace hanging as the form of capital punishment. The Ohio Penitentiary regularly offered tours as well as souvenir photographs and postcards of the building and prisoners on death row. A total of 315 prisoners, both men and women, were executed in the electric chair known as “Old Sparky” between 1897 and 1963. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: AL08298
Subjects: Ohio History--State and Local Government--Law; Capital punishment--Ohio--History; Death row; Electrocution; Ohio History--State and Local Government--Corrections; Ohio Penitentiary (Columbus, Ohio); Prisons--Ohio
Places: Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio)