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Donald Rutland Smith (1890 - 1918)

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Donald Rutland Smith
1890 - 1918
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c. 1890
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April 19, 1918
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Donald Rutland Smith was born c. 1890. He died on April 19, 1918 at age 28.
Updated: September 30, 2013
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Donald Rutland Smith passed away on April 19, 1918 at 28 years of age. he was buried in Voormezeele Enclosures No.1 And No.2 I. M. 29., Belgium. He was born c. 1890. There is no information about Donald's immediate family.
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In 1890, in the year that Donald Rutland Smith was born, on December 29th, the Wounded Knee Massacre occurred in South Dakota on the Lakota Pine Ridge Indian Reservation . The U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment said that they rode into the Lakota camp "trying to disarm" the inhabitants. One person, Black Coyote - who was deaf - held onto his rifle, saying that he paid a lot of money for it. Shots rang out and by the end at least 153 Lakota Sioux - some estimates say 300 - and 25 troops had died. The site of the massacre is a National Historic Landmark.

In 1900, Donald was only 10 years old when Carrie Chapman Catt succeeded Susan B. Anthony as the president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association. NAWSA was created by Anthony in 1890 in order to fight for the right of women to vote in the United States. Membership in NAWSA began at 7,000 and in the decades of the struggle - women didn't get the right to vote until 1920 - membership rose to 2 million.

In 1909, Donald was 19 years old when Polish physician and medical researcher Paul Ehrlich found a cure for syphilis, which was a prevalent (but undiscussed) disease. He found that an arsenic compound completely cured syphilis within 3 weeks.

In 1918, in the year of Donald Rutland Smith's passing, in July, Russian revolutionaries executed the former Tzar Nicholas II and his immediate family. While it was rumored that two of the children had survived, it was later proven through DNA analysis - when their bodies were found - that the entire family had been killed.

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