William Francis Kemmler

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

William Francis Kemmler was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania back in 1860.  He dropped out of school when he was 10, having learned neither to read or write.  He started working in his father’s butcher shop. His father and mother were alcoholics, his father died after a drunken brawl with his mother. 

Sadly, he was also an alcoholic and was well known around the saloons in his Buffalo neighborhood. To make a living he peddled vegetables in the slums of Buffalo, New York.  On march 29, 1888 as he was recovering from a drinking binge he accused his common-law wife Tillie Ziegler of stealing from him.  He calmly went to the barn, grabbed a hatchet returned to the house and struck her repeatedly, killing her. He went to a neighbor’s house announcing he had just murdered his girlfriend.

He was sentenced to death for first degree murder.  On January 1, 1888 he became the first person to be executed by the electric chair.  Not something I would want to be known for.

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Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi James Dray - no not at all.  Being notorious is not something to brag about.

Jan 22, 2021 03:39 AM #1
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray 


Jan 22, 2021 04:17 AM #2
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Wow, this one did not have a happy ending and I agree with you, I wouldn't want to be known as the first for that.

Jan 22, 2021 04:27 AM #3
Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

Holy cow, that boy had a lot to overcome if was to ever have a decent life.  Sadly he copied his parents. 


Jan 22, 2021 04:33 AM #4
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Oh my goodness, James... now there's an uplifting story to start your day off... or should I say electrifying? :)

Jan 22, 2021 04:41 AM #5
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

And today he would be languishing in prison or out on parole!

Make yourself an astonishing day.


Jan 22, 2021 05:06 AM #6
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Guess he gave it all to be the first at something. Enjoy your day.

Jan 22, 2021 05:15 AM #7
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Laughing out loud at Wayne Martin 's comment. Tragic story and a good example of how week many of us are when it comes to chemical abuse James Dray .

Jan 22, 2021 05:45 AM #8
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning James Dray I usually hope for a happier ending in your biographies. LOL. Caught me off guard

Jan 22, 2021 07:05 AM #9
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Very sad story, and an example of how one's upbringing can influence one's life. So, your usual stories of overcomers are even more inspiring. As you say, today's example is not what one would want to be remembered for.

Jan 22, 2021 07:12 AM #10
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Jan 22, 2021 07:13 AM #11
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I love Nina Hollander 's comment, it is very witty, she expressed my thoughts.  Wishing you and yours a wonderful weekend.

Jan 22, 2021 07:33 AM #12
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Well, that turned out differently then I thought it would...lol Crazy family I guess.

Jan 22, 2021 07:35 AM #13
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

Certainly not one of your more pleasant stories. Not a first to brag about.


Jan 22, 2021 08:42 AM #14
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- poor guy never stood a chance. 

Jan 22, 2021 11:24 AM #15
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - I don't even want to know what that was like being there for that execution.  YIKES!

Jan 22, 2021 04:10 PM #16
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
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In our area all sallons are owned hairdressers, nail shops.  Every owner mentions they lost regular customers and having trouble making ends meet. As for bars I guess you take the bottles home and finish it out door.

Feb 08, 2021 07:59 AM #17
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