: This photograph from the Ohio Penitentiary in Columbus is of 41-year-old Robert Jackson. His formal attire suggests that the photograph was taken during his trial or sentencing. Jackson was convicted, along with Lemuel Sam Trotter, of murdering Detective Walter Hart in Cincinnati. Trotter was executed on the same night. The caption at the bottom reads: “No. 306 Robert Lee Jackson Hamilton County. Electrocuted July 7, 1958 for the Murder of Police Officer Walter Hart”
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.
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: 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); Cincinnati (Ohio); Hamilton County (Ohio)