Florence Jay Lewis (1878 - 1965)

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Florence Jay Lewis
1878 - 1965
April 9, 1878
Cape Breton County, NS
May 3, 1965
Washington County, District Of Columbia
Florence Jay Lewis was born on April 9, 1878 in NS . She is the child of Frederick James Lewis Jr and Mary Ann Morrison, with sibling Lucretia. According to her family tree, she married Morris Edmund Speare. She died on May 3, 1965 in District Of Columbia at age 87.
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She was a very young child during the diaspora of Mi'kmaq peoples from Mi'kma'ki to Massachusetts in the late 1800s and may have known little about that period of her life. Florence Jay Lewis also Florence Lewis Speare, one of eight daughters of Mary Ann Morrison and Frederick James Lewis Jr of Wunamakik (Cape Breton NS) was a published writer and the wife of Morris Edmund Speare (1884 - 1974), the son of Mary Rosenberg and Jacob Speare. Florence Jay and Morris Edmund Speare were married ca 1915 and are not known to have had any children.
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Florence Jay Lewis passed away on May 3, 1965 in District Of Columbia at 87 years old. She was born on April 9, 1878 in NS . She is the child of Frederick James Lewis Jr and Mary Ann Morrison, with sibling Lucretia. According to her family tree, she married Morris Edmund Speare.

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In 1878, in the year that Florence Jay Lewis was born, on June 15th, photographer Eadweard Muybridge - at the request of Leland Stanford - produced the first sequence of stop-motion still photographs. Stanford contended that a galloping horse had all four feet off the ground. Only photos of a horse at a gallop would settle the question and, using 12 cameras and a series of photos, Muybridge settled the question: Stanford was right. Muybridge's use of several cameras and stills led to motion pictures.

In 1882, by the time she was just 4 years old, on March 22nd, the Edmunds Act - passed by Congress - made polygamy a felony. The Act also banned "bigamous" relationships and "unlawful cohabitation", making it illegal for polygamists and those who simply lived together without marrying to vote, be on a jury, or hold a public office.

In 1898, by the time she was 20 years old, on February 15th, the USS Maine exploded and sank in Havana harbor. The reason for the explosion has never been found, but it killed 266 men. "Remember the Maine" became a rallying cry and precipitated the United States' declaration of war on Spain two months later - the beginning of the Spanish-American War. On December 10th, the war ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris. The Treaty gave the U.S. Puerto Rico, the Philippines, Guam - for $20 million - and, temporarily, Cuba.

In 1909, by the time she was 31 years old, 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 1965, in the year of Florence Jay Lewis's passing, the television show "I Spy" premiered in the fall season on NBC. The stars were Bill Cosby and Robert Culp, making Cosby the first African American to headline a television show. Four stations - in Georgia, Florida, and Alabama - refused to air the show.

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