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Frank, Leo, 1884-1915

Biography:

Jewish superintendent of the National Pencil Company factory in Atlanta accused of the murder of thirteen-year old employee Mary Phagan in 1913. He was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death in an atmosphere of anti-semetic fervor. After numerous failed court appeals, Governor John Slaton converted Frank's sentence to life in prison. On August 16, 1915, a mob lynched Frank.

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