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Albert Hicks, the United States' last pirate, goes on trial for his life in New York city

New York City, 1850s, detail
05/14/1860 to 05/18/1860
Albert W. Hicks, the last man tried, convicted and executed for the crime of piracy in the United States, went before the U.S. Circuit Court in New York City, Judge Smalley presiding.  Hicks was accused of killing and robbing the crew of the schooner, E.A. Johnson, in March 1860.  Sentenced to death, he was hanged on Bedloe's Island (now Liberty Island) with numerous boats carrying thousands of New Yorkers viewing the event.  (By John Osborne)   
Source Citation: 
DeWitt Publishing House, The Life-Trial-Confession and Execution of Albert W. Hicks: the Pirate and Murderer .... (New York: DeWitt Publishing, 1860), 15.

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