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Ernest Blewett (1895 - 1967)

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Ernest Blewett
1895 - 1967
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April 8, 1895
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September 1967
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Bridgeville, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania 15017
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Ernest Blewett was born on April 8, 1895. He died in September 1967 at 72 years old. We know that Ernest Blewett had been residing in Bridgeville, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania 15017.
Updated: October 6, 2011
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Ernest Blewett passed away in September 1967 at 72 years old. He was born on April 8, 1895. We have no information about Ernest's family. We know that Ernest Blewett had been residing in Bridgeville, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania 15017.
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In 1895, in the year that Ernest Blewett was born, on March 15th, in County Tipperary, Ireland, Michael Cleary killed his wife of 8 years, Bridget, and burned her body. His defense was that his "wife" was a changeling that was left in his real wife's place when she was abducted by fairies. He was nonetheless convicted and imprisoned for manslaughter. He spent 15 years in prison.

In 1905, Ernest was only 10 years old when acclaimed dancer Isadora Duncan established the first school of modern dance in Berlin Germany. Isadora Duncan, born in San Francisco California, dedicated herself to the creation of beauty - through dance. Her focus on the movement of the human body rather than formal kinds of dance helped to give rise to the modern dance movement.

In 1924, at the age of 29 years old, Ernest was alive when on January 21st, Vladimir Lenin, a leader of the Russian Revolution and the first leader of the Soviet Union died. He had survived two assassination attempts but had subsequent physical problems, suffering 3 strokes. He was in such great pain, it is said that he asked Stalin to poison him. The circumstances of his death are still disputed. He did oppose Stalin as the next leader - nonetheless, Stalin won a power struggle and ruled as a Soviet dictator until his death in 1953.

In 1931, when he was 36 years old, in March, “The Star Spangled Banner” officially became the national anthem by congressional resolution. Other songs had previously been used - among them, "My Country, 'Tis of Thee", "God Bless America", and "America the Beautiful". There was fierce debate about making "The Star Spangled Banner" the national anthem - Southerners and veterans organizations supported it, pacifists and educators opposed it.

In 1967, in the year of Ernest Blewett's passing, on October 2nd, Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as the first black US Supreme Court justice. Marshall was the great-grandson of a slave and graduated first in his class at Howard University Law School. His nomination to the Supreme Court was approved by the Senate, 69 to 11.

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