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Albert Hicks, the United States' last pirate, is hanged on Bedloe's Island in New York Bay

New York City, 1850s, detail
07/13/1860
At exactly eleven in the morning, forty year old Albert W. Hicks, the last man tried, convicted and executed for the federal crime of piracy in the United States, was hanged on Bedloe's Island (now Liberty Island) with numerous boats carrying thousands of New Yorkers viewing the event.  Tried in May, 1860 before the U.S. Circuit Court in New York City, Hicks was accused of killing and robbing the crew of the schooner, E.A. Johnson, in March 1860. (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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