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Frederick Wells (1868 - 1935)

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Frederick Wells
1868 - 1935
Born
June 29, 1868
Death
March 12, 1935
4925 Wrightwood in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, US
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Frederick Wells was born on June 29, 1868. According to his family tree, he married Maria (Goodlaxson) Wells. He died on March 12, 1935 at 4925 Wrightwood, Chicago, Illinois, US at age 66.
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Frederick Wells passed away on March 12, 1935 at 4925 Wrightwood, Chicago, Illinois, US at 66 years old. He was born on June 29, 1868. According to his family tree, he married Maria (Goodlaxson) Wells.
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In 1868, in the year that Frederick Wells was born, on October 28th, Thomas Edison - age 21 - applied for his first patent. It was for the electric vote recorder and was designed to make voting quicker and the counting of votes more accurate. Congress didn't like the idea so Edison's voting machine was never used.

In 1894, Frederick was 26 years old when large reserves of oil were discovered on the Osage Indian reservation in Oklahoma. Previously thought to be "useless" land - not even good for farming - the tribe had bought the land themselves. The discovery of oil made the Osage the "richest group of people in the world" at the time.

In 1902, by the time he was 34 years old, the first Rose Bowl game was played in Pasadena, California. Called the "Tournament East–West football game" at the time, the Michigan Wolverines (East) played the Stanford Indians (West) - the Wolverines won 49 - 0. (The Stanford captain requested an end to the game with 8 minutes remaining.) The Tournament of Roses Parade began in 1890 and the football game began as a way to boost tourism in the area.

In 1913, at the age of 45 years old, Frederick was alive when ratified in February the 16th Amendment, establishing a Federal income tax, became law. Previously, customs duties (tariffs) and excise taxes were the primary sources of federal revenue. With the passage of the 16th Amendment, incomes of couples exceeding $4,000, as well as those of single persons earning $3,000 or more, were subject to a 1% Federal tax (that would be about $98,000 and $74,000 now). Rates rose to 7% for incomes over half a million dollars. Less than 1% of the population was subject to income tax.

In 1935, in the year of Frederick Wells's passing, on August 14, the Social Security Act was signed into law. The purpose was to "provide federal assistance to those unable to work". The law established the Social Security Administration whose primary focus was to "provide aid for the elderly, the unemployed, and children". The Act survived many Supreme Court challenges and the Administration continues until today.

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