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Ernest James Wood (1876 - 1950)

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Ernest James Wood
1876 - 1950
Born
1876
Ballarat, Australia
Death
1950
South Melbourne, Australia
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South Melbourne, Australia
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Ernest James Wood was born in 1876 in Ballarat, Australia. He is the child of Nancy Beaumont Wood, with sibling John. He died in 1950 in South Melbourne, Australia at age 74.
Updated: July 29, 2019
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Ernest James Wood passed away in 1950 in South Melbourne, Australia at 74 years old. He was born in 1876 in Ballarat, Australia. He is the child of Nancy Beaumont Wood, with sibling John.
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In 1876, in the year that Ernest James Wood was born, on May 1st, Queen Victoria added the title Empress of India, a title held by British monarchs until 1948 - when India gained independence from the United Kingdom.

In 1904, he was 28 years old when the "Teddy's Bear" was first produced. After seeing a political cartoon of President Teddy Roosevelt refusing to kill a clubbed and tied up bear, Jewish Russian immigrant Morris Michtom - who owned a candy shop and sold stuffed animals that he and his wife made at night at the store - made a "Teddy's Bear" and put it in his shop's window. The stuffed bears were an immediate success and Michtom and his wife went on to found the Ideal Novelty and Toy Co.

In 1929, at the age of 53 years old, Ernest was alive when on March 4th, Herbert Hoover became the 31st President of the United States. Early in his presidency, the October stock market crash - "Black Tuesday" - occurred, which lead to the Great Depression. None of his economic policies were able to make a dent in the Depression. This lead to one term and the election of Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt winning the 1933 election in a landslide.

In 1935, Ernest was 59 years old when on August 14, the Social Security Act was signed into law. The purpose was to "provide federal assistance to those unable to work". The law established the Social Security Administration whose primary focus was to "provide aid for the elderly, the unemployed, and children". The Act survived many Supreme Court challenges and the Administration continues until today.

In 1950, in the year of Ernest James Wood's passing, in February, Joe McCarthy gave a speech alleging that he had a list of "members of the Communist Party and members of a spy ring" who worked in the State Department. He went on to chair a committee that investigated not only the State Department but also the administration of President Harry S. Truman, the Voice of America, and the U.S. Army for communist spies - until he was condemned by the U.S. Senate in 1954.

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