Foster Richards (1906 - 1987)

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Foster Richards
1906 - 1987
February 8, 1906
April 1987
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Windham, Windham County, Connecticut 06280
Foster Richards was born on February 8, 1906. He died in April 1987 at age 81. We know that Foster Richards had been residing in Windham, Windham County, Connecticut 06280.
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Foster Richards passed away in April 1987 at 81 years old. He was born on February 8, 1906. There is no information about Foster's family or relationships. We know that Foster Richards had been residing in Windham, Windham County, Connecticut 06280.

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In 1906, in the year that Foster Richards was born, President Theodore Roosevelt received the Nobel Prize for Peace. The award was considered controversial at the time because many thought that he was an imperialist. But he had brokered peace between Russia and Japan a year previous and had allowed a dispute between Mexico and the U.S. to go to arbitration, resolving the issue peacefully rather than resorting to military conflict. For these two reasons, the Nobel Prize committee chose him for the Peace Prize.

In 1916, at the age of just 10 years old, Foster was alive when the U.S. National Park Service - part of the Department of the Interior - was created by an act of Congress in August. The Park Service was charged with the dual role of "preserving the ecological and historical integrity of the places entrusted to its management while also making them available and accessible for public use and enjoyment". The resources managed by the National Park Service have often been referred to as the "crown jewels" of the United States.

In 1921, Foster was merely 15 years old when on November 11th, the first burial was held at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. The body of an unknown soldier - selected by Army Sgt. Edward F. Younger who was highly decorated for valor and received the Distinguished Service Cross in "The Great War" - was brought back from France (World War 1) and placed in the newly completed tomb. President Warren G. Harding officiated at the interment ceremonies.

In 1950, he was 44 years old when 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.

In 1987, in the year of Foster Richards's passing, was the first time that a criminal in the United States - a serial rapist - was convicted through the use of DNA evidence.

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