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The electric chair was invented by a dentist. (Back2Bach)

Both a dentist and inventor, Alfred P. Southwick of Buffalo, New York, was inspired to invent a more humane form of euthanasia (specifically for stray dogs) after the increasing frequency of deaths caused by electrocution shortly before the turn of the century. This form of execution went into effect in New York state on January 1, 1889, and the first person killed this way was William Kemmler on August 6, 1890. Southwick reportedly said of the event, “There is the culmination of ten years work and study! We live in a higher civilization from this day.”