I was curious when the last drawing and quartering occurred in the United States.
Actually, my question is more political than morbid. You see, under the doctrine of Original Intent–which I strongly disagree with BTW–the standard for cruel and unusual punishment would be “fossilized” to the original standard of 1787, when the U.S. Constitution was established.
So I guess it almost sounds like my question could go in the great debates section. Well, no, actually, for now at least. Because for now I am just asking about this little historical tibit–when the last D&Q occured;).
BTW, the last time the sentence was carried out in it entirety in England was in 1802, to a Edward Marcus Despard. This description makes it sound like just an old-fashioned hanging and beheading. But Despard was the last, at least according to the Encyclopedia Britannica (you have to get the premium service to see the whole entry–but fortunately I have already checked it in the actual encyclopedia in a local library).