Have Any Women Been Executed by Hanging in the United States?


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As of 2015, there are 306 verified cases of women in the United States being executed by hanging. Eight of these cases occurred in the 20th century, between 1900 and 1937, after which hanging was gradually replaced by other methods of execution.

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The earliest woman to be executed by hanging in the United States was Jane Champion, who was hanged in 1632 in Virginia for an unknown offense. The last woman executed by hanging was Mary Homes in 1937 in Mississippi for the robbery of her employer. The vast majority of women who were hanged were convicted of murder, though 26 were convicted of witchcraft and seven of arson.

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