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List of famous people who were lynched, including photos, birthdates, professions, and other information. These celebrities who were lynched are listed by fame and notoriety and include the famous lynching victims’ hometown and biographical info about them when available. With people ranging from Thomas Shipp to Mack Charles Parker, this is a great starting point for a list of your favorites. These notable lynching deaths include modern and long-gone famous men and women, from politicians to religious leaders to writers. Everyone on this list has lynching as a cause of death somewhere in their public records, even if it was just one contributing factor for their death. (38 People)
Joseph Smith, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Were Lynched
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Joseph Smith, Jr. was an American religious leader who founded The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He published the Book of Mormon in 1829. Several of Smith's followers began to resent the way that he was running the organization. On June 27, 1844, an angry mob sought out Smith, at Carthage Jail where he was awaiting trial for inciting a riot, and murdered him by shooting him until he fell out of a window.

Joseph Smith, Jr. was an American religious leader and founder of Mormonism. When he was twenty-four, Smith published the Book of Mormon; by the time of his death fourteen years later, he had attracted tens of thousands of followers and founded a religion and religious culture that continues to the present. Smith was born in Sharon, Vermont, but by 1817, he had moved with his family to western New York, a site of intense religious revivalism during the Second Great Awakening. According to Smith, he experienced a series of visions, including one in which he saw "two personages" and others in which an angel directed him to a buried book of golden plates inscribed with a Judeo-Christian history ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 39 (1805-1844)

Birthplace: Sharon, Vermont, United States of America

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Leo Frank is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Were Lynched
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Leo Frank was a was a Jewish-American factory worker who was accused of murdering his co-worker in 1913. After a trial, that was politically motivated, Frank was found guilty of the crime.

On August 17, 1915, Frank was kidnapped by a group of 25 men and hanged by an angry lynch mob.

Leo Max Frank was a Jewish-American factory superintendent whose widely publicized trial in 1913, appeals and extrajudicial hanging in 1915 by a lynch mob planned and led by prominent citizens in Marietta, Georgia, drew attention to questions of antisemitism in the United States. Frank was posthumously pardoned in 1986, which the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles described as "an effort to heal old wounds," without officially absolving him of the crime. An engineer and director of the National Pencil Company in Atlanta, Frank was convicted on August 25, 1913, for murdering one of his factory employees, 13-year-old Mary Phagan. She had been strangled on April 26 and was found dead in ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 31 (1884-1915)

Birthplace: Cuero, Texas, United States of America

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Hyrum Smith is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Were Lynched
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Hyrum Smith was an American religious leader and the brother of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints founder Joseph Smith. Along with his brother Joseph, Hyrum was murdered by an angry mob who accused him of treason.

Hyrum Smith was an American religious leader in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the original church of the Latter Day Saint movement. He was the older brother of the movement's founder, Joseph Smith. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 44 (1800-1844)

Birthplace: Tunbridge, Vermont, United States of America

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James Cameron is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Were Lynched
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James Cameron was a civil rights leader who was the only known survivor of a lynching attempt. In 1930, Cameron and two of his friends were charged with the murder of a white man. While the three young men were held in prison, a lynch mob broke into the jail and began to beat the three suspects before hanging them. Though his two friends were killed, Cameron was saved when a woman protested, saying that he was not guilty.

Cameron went on to create the Black Holocaust Museum in 1988. In 2006, he died from congestive heart failure at the age of 92.

James Cameron was an American civil rights activist. In the 1940s, he founded three chapters of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. He also served as Indiana's State Director of the Office of Civil Liberties from 1942 to 1950. In the 1950s he moved with his family to Wisconsin, where he continued as an activist and started speaking on African-American history. In 1988 he founded America's Black Holocaust Museum in Milwaukee, devoted to African-American history from slavery to the present. At his death, Cameron was the only known survivor of a lynching attempt. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 92 (1914-2006)

Birthplace: La Crosse, Wisconsin, United States of America

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