Executioner Henry Sanson

Pushed by accident into a short and grisly career for which he became famous.
Born
1767
Died
1840
Portrait Year
1793
Portrait Age
26

Henri Sanson (1767-1840) was the son of Charles Henri Sanson, chief executioner, who had guillotined Louis XVI. Henri inherited the position in 1793 and executed Marie Antoinette. As she mounted the steps, she trod on Sanson’s foot and said, “Excuse me sir.” He was reputed to have responded, “No madam, please excuse me.”