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This Day in Georgia History

June 21, 1915

Leo Frank’s Death Sentence Commuted

One day before his term ended, Georgia Governor John M. Slaton commuted the death sentence of Leo Frank, who had been convicted of the death of Mary Phagan in a trial that violated most standards of due process and fairness. Despite Slaton’s commutation, on the night of August 16, a lynch mob broke into the Georgia State Prison at Milledgeville and seized Frank, taking him to Cobb County, where he was hanged.