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Florence Emma Wickes Lewis (1872 - 1919)

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Florence Emma Wickes Lewis
1872 - 1919
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1872
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1919
Kew, Australia
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Kew, Australia
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Florence Emma Wickes Lewis was born in 1872. She is the child of Lewis Robert Edward Lewis and Emma Wickes Lewis. She died in 1919 in Kew, Australia at age 47.
Updated: September 3, 2013
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Florence Emma Wickes Lewis died in 1919 in Kew, Australia at age 47. She was born in 1872. She is the child of Lewis Robert Edward Lewis and Emma Wickes Lewis.
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In 1872, in the year that Florence Emma Wickes Lewis was born, on December 4th, the empty American ship Mary Celeste was found in the Atlantic Ocean. Still seaworthy, under partial sail, and with one lifeboat missing, what happened on her is still a mystery. Her cargo and provisions were intact and she was used as a cargo vessel for another 12 years but the people onboard were never seen again

In 1885, she was just 13 years old when on June 17th, the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York Harbor. Two hundred thousand people and hundreds of boats greeted the statue. It had to be assembled but that had to wait until the pedestal was completed the following April.

In 1892, Florence was 20 years old when on August 4th, the father and stepmother of Lizzie Borden were found murdered. Lizzie was accused of the crime and on June 20th of the next year, she was acquitted of murder by a jury. But she was never acquitted in the public mind.

In 1906, when she was 34 years old, author Upton Sinclair exposed the public-health threat of the meat-packing industry in his book The Jungle. While his intent was to show the lives of exploited lives of immigrants in Chicago and other industrialized cities, most people were horrified by how the meat that ended up on their tables was handled. There was such an outcry that legislation was passed to regulate meat packing. Sinclair said " "I aimed at the public's heart, and by accident I hit it in the stomach."

In 1919, in the year of Florence Emma Wickes Lewis's passing, in Norfolk Virginia, the first rotary dial telephones were introduced by the American Telephone and Telegraph Company (AT&T), making it easier to make a call without an operator.

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