Catherine France Smith (1868 - 1959)

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Catherine France Smith
1868 - 1959
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1868
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1959
Fitzroy, Australia
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Fitzroy, Australia
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Catherine France Smith was born in 1868. She is the child of Dwane Michael Smith and Anna Healey Smith. She died in 1959 in Fitzroy, Australia at 91 years old.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Catherine France Smith died in 1959 in Fitzroy, Australia at age 91. She was born in 1868. She is the child of Dwane Michael Smith and Anna Healey Smith.

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In 1868, in the year that Catherine France Smith was born, on October 28th, Thomas Edison - age 21 - applied for his first patent. It was for the electric vote recorder and was designed to make voting quicker and the counting of votes more accurate. Congress didn't like the idea so Edison's voting machine was never used.

In 1873, she was just 5 years old when on February 12th, The Coinage Act of 1873 was signed by President Ulysses S. Grant. It went into effect on April 1st and ended the use of gold and silver in the U.S. for currency - placing the country on the gold standard. The Act wasn't popular with everyone.

In 1915, when she was 47 years old, The Birth of a Nation opened in February. A silent film, it was the most ambitious film to date and is considered a classic. Three hours long, it starred Lillian Gish and was directed by D. W. Griffith. The movie was based on the book The Clansman and told the story of two families (one pro-Union and one pro-Confederate) and their relationship during the Civil War and Reconstruction. The KKK was shown as "a heroic force".

In 1936, at the age of 68 years old, Catherine was alive when on November 3rd, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was reelected to a second term. He ran against Republican Governor Alf Landon (Kansas), defeating Landon in the popular vote by 60.8% to 36.5%. Vermont and Maine were the only two states in which Landon won. John Nance Garner IV became the Vice-President in this election.

In 1959, in the year of Catherine France Smith's passing, on August 8th, Hawaii became the 50th state of the United States. The US flag was changed to show 50 stars.

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