What was invented in 1881 by dentist Alfred P. Southwick?
Answer: Alfred P. Southwick was a dentist and inventor from Buffalo, New York. He is credited with inventing the first electric chair as a method of legal execution. The idea of using electric current as a method of execution was developed by Southwick after he witnessed an intoxicated man die after having touched an exposed terminal on a live generator.
Given that the man died so quickly, Southwick concluded that electricity could be used as an alternative to hanging for executions. As Southwick was a dentist who was accustomed to performing procedures on subjects in chairs, his device for electrical execution appeared in the form of an “electric chair.”