Frank, Leo, 1884-1915 Edit

Summary

Agent Type
Person

Dates

  • 1884-04-17 – 1915-08-17 (Existence)

Name Forms

  • Frank, Leo, 1884-1915
  • Frank, Leo Max

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  • Biography/Historical Note

    Leo Max Frank (April 17, 1884 – August 17, 1915) was an American factory superintendent who was convicted in 1913 of the murder of a 13-year-old employee, Mary Phagan, in Atlanta, Georgia. His trial, conviction, and appeals attracted national attention. His lynching two years later, in response to the commutation of his death sentence, became the focus of social, regional, political, and racial concerns, particularly regarding antisemitism. Today, the consensus of researchers on the subject holds that Frank was wrongly convicted and Jim Conley was likely the real murderer.