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Emma Richardson (1879 - 1976)

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Emma Richardson
1879 - 1976
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February 29, 1879
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July 1976
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Minerva, Stark County, Ohio 44657
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Emma Richardson was born on February 29, 1879. She died in July 1976 at 97 years old. We know that Emma Richardson had been residing in Minerva, Stark County, Ohio 44657.
Updated: October 8, 2011
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Emma Richardson died in July 1976 at 97 years of age. She was born on February 29, 1879. We have no information about Emma's surviving family. We know that Emma Richardson had been residing in Minerva, Stark County, Ohio 44657.
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In 1879, in the year that Emma Richardson was born, on October 22nd, Thomas Edison tested the first practical electric light bulb. Lasting 13½ hours before burning out, it used a "a carbon filament or strip coiled and connected to platina contact wires". He applied for a patent on November 4th, receiving the patent in January 1880.

In 1897, Emma was 18 years old when on March 4th, William McKinley became the 25th President of the United States. He had beaten William Jennings Bryan in the 1896 election by 51% to 46.7% in the popular vote. Six months into his second term as President, McKinley was assassinated.

In 1906, she was 27 years old when abolitionist and suffragette leader Susan B. Anthony died, before women's right to vote nationally was realized (in 1920). She, along with Elizabeth Cady Stanton, founded the National American Woman Suffrage Association which later became the League of Women Voters. She died at the age of 86 of heart failure and pneumonia in her home in New York.

In 1917, she was 38 years old when it is believed that a worldwide influenza pandemic began in Asia. By 1920, it is estimated that 50 - 100 million died throughout the world (3 - 5% of the population). In the U.S. alone, 500,000 perished from what came to be called the Spanish Flu or the 1918 flu.

In 1976, in the year of Emma Richardson's passing, on August 4th, a mysterious illness struck an American Legion convention in Philadelphia. Within a week, 25 people had died and 130 people had been hospitalized. It was the first known instance of what came to be called "Legionnaires Disease."

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