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Florence May Lewis (1889 - 1976)

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Florence May Lewis
1889 - 1976
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1889
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1976
Heidelberg, Australia
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Heidelberg, Australia
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Florence May Lewis was born in 1889. She is the child of Newton Walter Lewis and Caroline Brown Lewis. She died in 1976 in Heidelberg, Australia at 87 years old.
Updated: September 4, 2013
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Florence May Lewis died in 1976 in Heidelberg, Australia at 87 years old. She was born in 1889. She is the child of Newton Walter Lewis and Caroline Brown Lewis.
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In 1889, in the year that Florence May Lewis was born, on March 4th, Benjamin Harrison became the 23rd President of the United States. His grandfather, William Henry Harrison, was the 9th President of the United States. His father, John Scott Harrison - son of William Henry - was in the U.S. House of Representatives.

In 1900, when she was merely 11 years old, Carrie Chapman Catt succeeded Susan B. Anthony as the president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association. NAWSA was created by Anthony in 1890 in order to fight for the right of women to vote in the United States. Membership in NAWSA began at 7,000 and in the decades of the struggle - women didn't get the right to vote until 1920 - membership rose to 2 million.

In 1951, she was 62 years old when on February 27th, the 22nd Amendment to the US Constitution (which limited the number of terms a president may serve to two) was ratified by 36 states, making it a part of the U.S. Constitution. The Amendment was both a reaction to the 4 term Roosevelt presidency and also the recognition of a long-standing tradition in American politics.

In 1968, Florence was 79 years old when on January 31st, the North Vietnamese launched the Tet Offensive, a turning point in the Vietnam War. 70,000 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces swarmed into South Vietnam. The South Vietnamese and US troops held off the offensive but it was such fierce fighting that the U.S. public began to turn against the war.

In 1976, in the year of Florence May Lewis's passing, on August 4th, a mysterious illness struck an American Legion convention in Philadelphia. Within a week, 25 people had died and 130 people had been hospitalized. It was the first known instance of what came to be called "Legionnaires Disease."

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