Samuel W. Tannyhill portrait   Save
Samuel W. Tannyhill portrait
Description: This photograph from the Ohio Penitentiary in Columbus is of Samuel Tannyhill, age 27. His formal attire suggests that the photograph was taken during his trial or sentencing. Tannyhill, convicted of kidnapping and murdering Shirley Bradford of Fremont, was the 300th individual to be executed via the electric chair in Ohio. The caption at the bottom reads: “No. 300 Samuel W. Tannyhill Sandusky County, Ohio, Legally Electrocuted November 26, 1956, for the Murder of Shirley Bradford.” 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: AL08352
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); Sandusky County (Ohio); Fremont (Ohio)