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Florence Lewis (1883 - 1925)

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Florence Lewis
1883 - 1925
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1883
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1925
Carlton, Australia
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Carlton, Australia
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Florence Lewis was born in 1883. She is the child of Thomas James Lewis and Emily Chamberlain Lewis. She died in 1925 in Carlton, Australia at age 42.
Updated: September 3, 2013
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Florence Lewis died in 1925 in Carlton, Australia at 42 years old. She was born in 1883. She is the child of Thomas James Lewis and Emily Chamberlain Lewis.
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In 1883, in the year that Florence Lewis was born, on May 24th, the Brooklyn Bridge - one of the oldest bridges in the US - was opened to traffic. Bridge construction began in 1869 and took 14 years to complete.

In 1897, when she was merely 14 years old, on July 17th, the Klondike Gold Rush began when the first successful prospectors returned to Seattle after mining in the Yukon. They arrived on the ships Excelsior and Portland, bringing vast quantities of gold - over $32,000,000 in today's money - and everyone rushed to become rich in the Yukon.

In 1903, by the time she was 20 years old, the United States Department of Commerce and Labor was created by President Theodore Roosevelt to control the excesses of big business. Renamed the Department of Commerce 10 years later, many departments concerned with workers were transferred to the Department of Labor at that time. Another spin-off, the Bureau of Corporations, became the Federal Trade Commission.

In 1911, at the age of 28 years old, Florence was alive when British physicist Ernest Rutherford (born in New Zealand), along with German physicist Hans Geiger, discovered the structure of an atom. He found that atoms had nuclei (a nucleus) and were circled by electrons, much as planets orbit the sun.

In 1925, in the year of Florence Lewis's passing, in July, the Scopes Trial - often called the Scopes Monkey Trial - took place, prosecuting a substitute teacher for teaching evolution in school. Tennessee had enacted a law that said it was "unlawful to teach human evolution in any state-funded school". William Jennings Bryan headed the prosecution and Clarence Darrow headed the defense. The teacher was found guilty and fined $100. An appeal to the Supreme Court of Tennessee upheld the law but overturned the guilty verdict.

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