West Virginia


Year of Abolition

1899-1948: hanging
1949-1964: electrocution


Ninety-four executions occured between 1899, when executions were made a state responsibility, and 1959, the year of the last execution in West Virginia. All of those executed were men. West Virginia abolished the death penalty in 1965.

West Virginia attempted to abolish the death penalty multiple times before a bill outlawing the death penalty passed in 1965. It was the last state to abolish the death penalty before Furman v Georgia.

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