James D. French, who was executed on August 10, 1966, was an American criminal who was the last person to be executed under Oklahoma's death penalty laws prior to Furman v. Georgia.
He was the only prisoner executed in the United States that year.
Already in prison for life, but allegedly afraid to commit suicide, French murdered his cellmate, apparently to compel the state to execute him.
French has been credited with these famous last words before his death by electric chair: "How's this for a headline? 'French Fries.'"