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Alexander Booth (1820 - 1859)

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Alexander Booth
1820 - 1859
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1820
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1859
Australia
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Alexander Booth was born in 1820. He is the child of John Booth and Duff Jean Booth. He died in 1859 in Australia at age 39. We know that Alexander Booth had been residing in Australia.
Updated: September 2, 2013
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Alexander Booth passed away in 1859 in Australia at 39 years of age. He was born in 1820. He is the child of John Booth and Duff Jean Booth. We know that Alexander Booth had been residing in Australia.
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1820 - 1859 World Events

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In 1820, in the year that Alexander Booth was born, on January 29th, George IV ascended the British throne when his father, George III (after 59 years on the throne), died. George III - King of England during the Revolutionary War - had been mentally ill and George IV had been Prince Regent since 1811, ruling in his father's stead.

In 1837, he was 17 years old when on January 26th, Michigan became the 26th state admitted to the United States. Previously part of the Northwest Territory, the area bordered four of the five Great Lakes. The Erie Canal opened up the area, bringing settlers and therefore statehood.

In 1839, at the age of 19 years old, Alexander was alive when in The Boston Morning Post, on March 23rd, the first recorded use of the word "OK" appeared. A columnist in the paper said this: "The "Chairman of the Committee on Charity Lecture Bells, is one of the deputation, and perhaps if he should return to Boston, via Providence, he of the Journal, and his train-band, would have his 'contribution box,' et ceteras, o.k.—all correct—and cause the corks to fly, like sparks, upward." While this is the first known time that OK appeared in print, where the word came from is still disputed.

In 1842, Alexander was 22 years old when Sir Richard Owen, an English paleontologist, created the name "Dinosauria", which meant "Terrible Reptile" or "Fearfully Great Reptile". It has since been Anglicized to "dinosaur".

In 1859, in the year of Alexander Booth's passing, on October 16th, abolitionist John Brown led a raid on Harpers Ferry Armory in Harper's Ferry, Virginia, in an attempt to start a slave rebellion. He wanted to "liberate" the guns in the armory and arm slaves. Brown was captured and hanged on December 2nd.

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