At his trail, Emmet gained enormous respect. "I wish to procure for my country the gaurantee which Washington procured for America," he told the court. His last speech became a slogan of Irish nationalism. "Let no man write my epitaph... when my country takes her place among the nations of the earth, then and not 'till then, let my epitaph be written." His words were a source of inspiration for many, including Abraham Lincoln who first read them as a boy in his Kentucky cabin.
On September 20th 1803, Emmet at the age of twenty five, was hanged.