Wisconsin History Day By Day


Related Web Sites:
A Brief History of Wisconsin's Death Penalty

John McCaffary and the Abolition of Capital Punishment in Wisconsin

States Without The Death Penalty


Read More About It

"Capital Punishment in Wisconsin and the Nation" by A. Peter Cannon

"Capital Punishment" by Harry Henderson

"The History of Capital Punishment" by John Laurence


Vocabulary:

abolishing
capital
humanitarian


Interesting Fact:

Between 1836 and 1851, there were four people executed in Wisconsin, two of which were Indians.


Study Questions:

  • How many states currently do not have the death penalty?
  • Who was John McCaffary and why was he so important in the abolishing of capital punishment in Wisconsin?
  • Have there been attempts to repeal Wisconsin's capital punishment law? What is the situation today?


    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about capital punishment:

  • Wisconsin State Journal/The Capital Times
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • BadgerLink Wisconsin Newsstand
  • Wisconsin Historical Society


    U.S. historical events that occurred on July 12:

    1984: U.S. Rep. Geraldine Ferraro becomes the first woman to run for vice-president on a major-party ticket as she is selected by presidential candidate Walter Mondale as his running mate.



  • July 12

    July 12, 1853: Governor Leonard Farwell signed the law abolishing capital punishment in the state. Wisconsin was the first state in the country to take such humanitarian action.


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