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 Joseph V. Seng

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Joseph V. Seng

Birth
Allentown, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 24 May 1912 (aged 32)
Rawlins, Carbon County, Wyoming, USA
Burial Rawlins, Carbon County, Wyoming, USA
Memorial ID 6292910 View Source
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First prisoner executed at Rawlins State Penitentiary. He was executed by hanging. Many years later, prisoners were executed in the newly installed gas chamber, as hanging was considered less efficient. Some records list his year of birth as 1882. He was the second child (first son) of 11 children of Anton Anthony Seng (1850-1931) and Anna J. Sippel Seng (1862-1935)

From the "Rawlins Republican" Newspaper, Rawlins, Carbon, Wyoming, dated 23 May 1912, page 1:

HE HAS PAID THE PENALTY

Joe Seng has expiated the Murder of a Fellow Man With His Life—Body will be Shipped to His Old Home in Pennsylvania for Burial. Gov. Carey Refuesed to Commutate His Sentence.

postscript:
Fired as a watchmen from his job, Joe later shot and killed his supervisor on the street in Evanston, Wyoming. The supervisor's wife was present. Joe pushed the wife away; then shot again.

In prison, Joe played on the baseball team and was helpful to staff and the visiting ministers. He played a part in rescuing inmates who had been poisoned before medical attention could be summoned. Both Father Long, Catholic priest, and the prison doctor petitioned the Governor of Wyoming for clemency.

Joe's body was shipped by Father Long back to his native home in Pennsylvania. He was survived by 11 brothers and sisters.

-submitted by Clint Black, Oct 2011



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