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Topics in Chronicling America - The first "trial of the century" the murder of Stanford White

On June 25, 1906, millionaire Harry Thaw murdered famed architect Stanford White in a jealous rage over Thaw's actress wife, Evelyn Nesbit. The ensuing high-society trials (the first ended in a dead-locked jury) gripped the nation's headlines for more than a year. Read more about it!

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Important Dates:

  • June 26, 1906: Harry Thaw shoots Stanford White.
  • January 23, 1907: The first trial of Harry Thaw begins.
  • February 7, 1907: Evelyn Nesbit Thaw's first day of testimony.
  • April 12, 1907: The jury in the Thaw trial is deadlocked.
  • January 9, 1908: The second trial of Harry Thaw begins.
  • February 1, 1908: Thaw is found not guilty by reason of insanity and committed to a mental institution.

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  • [Try the following terms in combination, proximity, or as phrases using Search Pages in Chronicling America.] Harry Thaw, Evelyn Nesbit, Mrs Thaw, Mary Thaw, Mother Thaw, Stanford White, William Jerome, Jack Barrymore

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