BirthdayJune 29, 1925
BirthplaceVienna, Austria

Celebrity biographies

  1. About Leo Frank

    Full name: Leo Frank
    Also known as: Leo Frank, Frank, Leo
    Education: Cornell University
    Professions: American lynching victim
    Religion: Judaism
    Nationality: American
    Work: "Letters probe killer's mind: Frank pleads his innocence"

  2. Leo Frank Death information

    Died: Tuesday, 17th of August, 1915 (Age: 9)

  3. Leo Frank Biography

    Leo Max Frank (April 17, 1884 – August 17, 1915) was a Jewish-American factory superintendent who was convicted of the murder of a 13-year-old employee named Mary Phagan at the factory he managed. His legal case and lynching in Georgia became the focus of powerful class, regional, and political interests and brought attention to the topic of antisemitism in the United States. Frank was posthumously pardoned in 1986 by the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles, which said that its action was performed "[w]ithout attempting to address the question of guilt or innocence". The consensus of researchers on the subject is that Frank was wrongly convicted.Mary Phagan had been strangled on April 26 of that year and was found dead in the factory cellar the next morning. Frank, an engineer and director of the National Pencil Company in Atlanta where Phagan worked, was arrested on April 29, 1913. Police based the arrest on Frank's nervousness while being interviewed and their interpretations of his admissions concerning his actions on the day of the murder. By the time the case went to trial, the issues involved Frank's character and the timeline for his activities on the day of the crime. The prosecution relied heavily on the testimony of another suspect, James "Jim" Conley, an admitted accomplice after the fact, who worked as a sweeper in the factory. Frank's defense consisted of challenging the veracity of Conley's court testimony, relying on admissions by Conley that he changed his testimony several times in various affidavits and fabricated certain parts of his story. The defense also resorted to racial stereotypes, accusing Conley – who was African-American – of being especially disposed to lying and murdering because of his ethnicity. The prosecution, in turn, used a different stereotype, presenting Conley as if he were an unthreatening character from a minstrel show or a contented plantation worker. Both sides presented witnesses to either support or refute the timeline suggested by Conley's testimony and to praise or condemn Frank's character.A guilty verdict was announced on August 25, 1913. Frank and his lawyers made a series of unsuccessful appeals, limited by law to arguing procedural and due process issues rather than a reconsideration of the evidence. Their final appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court failed in April 1915. Considering arguments from both sides as well as evidence not available at trial, Governor John M. Slaton commuted Frank's sentence to life imprisonment. By this time, the Frank case was a national issue. Outside Georgia, there was a widespread belief expressed by newspapers throughout the country that Frank's conviction was a travesty. Within Georgia, this outside criticism fueled hatred for Frank and antisemitic attacks against him.Immediately after the commutation, a crowd of 1,200 marched on the governor's mansion in protest. Two months later, Frank was kidnapped from prison by a group of 25 armed men and dri

  4. Leo Frank Family

    Spouse: Lucille Selig
    Parents: Rudolph Frank and Rachel Jacobs, Rudolph Frank & Rachel Jacobs

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