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Death Penalty: No
York Harbor. Photo by NSBP.
Jeremiah Baum, executed in 1780, was put to death for treason. This is the only execution in Maine for a crime other than murder.
Milestones in abolition/reinstatement
In 1876 the legislature of Maine abolished the death penalty by a vote of 75 to 68.
In 1883 the death penalty was reestablished in Maine.
Maine abolished the death penalty for a second time in 1887. The movement toward abolition was driven by a botched execution in 1885. Due to a poorly-tied hangman's noose, Daniel Wilkinson died slowly of strangulation. Wilkinson's execution was the last in Maine.
A bill was introduced in 1925 to reinstate the death penalty in Maine, but no legistlative action was taken on it. Another attempt to reinstate the death penalty occurred in 1937, but once again no legislative action was taken on the bill. Further attempts to reinstate the death penalty occurred in the Maine legislature in 1973, 1975, 1977 and 1979 but all of them were defeated.
Other interesting facts
The first execution in Maine took place in 1644.