1938 : Last Person Executed In Michigan

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On July 8, 1938, Anthony Chebatoris, was hung at the Federal Correctional Institution in Milan for killing a bystander during a failed bank robbery in Midland. He was the last person executed in Michigan and the first person to be executed under the National Bank Robbery Act of 1934.

Michigan’s governor at the time, Frank Murphy, expressed his opposition to Chebatoris’s execution to then-President Franklin Roosevelt, and even asked that the hanging be done in another state, but to no avail.


Margaret E. Leaming, “An Occurence at Milan : Michigan’s Last Execution”, The Court Legacy, April 1994, Issue 3.

Zlati Meyer, “This Day In Michigan History: Last person executed in state”, Detroit Free Press, July 7, 2013.

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