Dewitt Swords (1911 - 2008)

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Pontotoc, Pontotoc County, Mississippi

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1911 - In the year that Dewitt Swords was born, the first Indianapolis 500 was run in May. Ray Harroun was the winner - he was an engineer and had retired from racing but he came back for this race. After the race, he retired for good. The purse was $27,550 - the largest offered up to that time - and Harroun received $10,000 for first place. His average time was 74.602 mph.

1946 - At the age of 35 years old, Dewitt was alive when on July 4th, the Philippines gained independence from the United States. In 1964, Independence Day in the Philippines was moved from July 4th to June 12th at the insistence of nationalists and historians.

1959 - At the age of 48 years old, Dewitt was alive when on January 3rd, Alaska became the 49th state of the United States and the first state not a part of the contiguous United States. The flag was changed to display 49 stars.

1961 - When he was 50 years old, on January 20th, John F. Kennedy became the 35th President of the United States. He had previously been a U.S. Senator and a Congressman, both from the state of Massachusetts, as well as a Naval lieutenant in World War II.

1990 - Dewitt was 79 years old when after 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela, the leader of the movement to end South African apartheid was released on February 11th 1990.

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Dewitt Swords died on February 4, 2008 at 96 years of age. There is no listed cause of death. He was born on April 21, 1911. We are unaware of information about Dewitt's family. We know that Dewitt Swords had been residing in Pontotoc, Pontotoc County, Mississippi.

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