Benjamin Smith (1846 - 1921)

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Birth


Pennsylvania

Death


Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania

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East Harrisburg Cemetery,
2260 Herr St, Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania

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Family

Father: Aaron B. Smith
Mother: Maria (Aston) Smith
Siblings: Joshua Weistling Smith

Wife: Catherine Beaver (Howard)

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White

Nationality

American

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Male

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Sarah Mariah (Smith) Messinger

Sarah Mariah (Smith) Messinger

Messinger Family Gathering

Messinger Family Gathering

Julia E Smith Family

Julia E Smith Family

Julia E Smith

Julia E Smith

Alexis Smith and Craig Stevens

Alexis Smith and Craig Stevens

Alexis Smith and Craig Stevens

Alexis Smith and Craig Stevens

Alexis Smith

Alexis Smith

Alexis Smith and Cary Grant

Alexis Smith and Cary Grant

Alexis Smith and Craig Stevens

Alexis Smith and Craig Stevens

Alexis Smith and Frederic March

Alexis Smith and Frederic March

Alexis Smith

Alexis Smith

Alexis Smith

Alexis Smith

Alexis Smith

Alexis Smith

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Timeline

1846 - In the year that Benjamin Smith was born, on February 26th, the Liberty Bell was rung for George Washington's birthday. It is said that when it was rung, a previous crack was worsened, leading to the crack seen today. A paper of the time said that at "around noon, it was discovered that the ringing had caused the crack to be greatly extended, and that the old Independence Bell...now hangs in the great city steeple irreparably cracked and forever dumb".

1874 - He was 28 years old when on September 14th, the Battle of Liberty Place occurred in New Orleans - the capital of Louisiana. Some members of the previous Confederate Army assembled for the purpose of "driving the usurpers from power" and the Republican Governor - William P. Kellogg - was physically driven from his office. The former Confederates temporarily replaced him with (the former) Democratic Governor John McEnery. Federal forces arrived, put down the insurrection, and five days later the legally elected government was restored.

1879 - By the time he was 33 years old, on November 10th, Bell Telephone and Western Union reached an agreement. Bell Telephone would keep out of the telegraphy business and Western Union would stay out of the telephone business - leading to success for both.

1903 - By the time he was 57 years old, two brothers, Orville and Wilbur Wright, flew the first powered heavier-than-air plane. They flew 4 times in one day - the longest flight lasting 59 seconds and a little over 852 feet. While the brothers had notified several newspapers of their attempt, only one - a local paper - covered it. After their 4th flight, a gust of wind caught the plane, turned it over, and totaled it.

1921 - In the year of Benjamin Smith's passing, the silent film The Sheik, directed by George Melford and starring Rudolph Valentino and Agnes Ayres (also featuring Adolphe Menjou) debuted on October 21st. Critics weren't enthusiastic but the public loved it - in the first few weeks 125,000 people had seen the movie - and it eventually exceeded $1 million in ticket sales. And Rudolph Valentino, an Italian American, became the heartthrob of a female generation.

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Benjamin Smith passed away in 1921 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania at age 75. No cause of death has been entered for Benjamin. He was buried in East Harrisburg Cemetery, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He was born in 1846 in Pennsylvania. He was born to Aaron B. Smith and Maria (Aston) Smith, with sibling Joshua. Benjamin married Catherine Howard.

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