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Image found of man who hanged 38 Dakota men 153 years ago


His lips are pressed tightly together. His eyes stare straight ahead. And his thick beard appears streaked with gray.

A recently unearthed glass-plate photograph, about 150 years old, puts a new face on a pivotal figure in perhaps early-Minnesota’s grimmest moment.

Until now, historians had never seen an image of Capt. William J. Duley — the executioner on the day 38 Dakota men were hanged in Mankato after the 1862 U.S.-Dakota War. New Ulm researcher and author Elroy Ubl tracked down a descendant in Seattle who had inherited a family album of the glass-plate portraits, including her great-great grandfather’s.


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