George Alfred Fergus Lettey (1868 - 1950)

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George Alfred Fergus Lettey
1868 - 1950
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1868
Ballarat, Australia
Death
1950
South Yarra, Australia
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South Yarra, Australia
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George Alfred Fergus Lettey was born in 1868 in Ballarat, Australia. He is the child of John Lettey and Alice Pitt Lettey. He died in 1950 in South Yarra, Australia at age 82.
Updated: July 25, 2019
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George Alfred Fergus Lettey passed away in 1950 in South Yarra, Australia at 82 years of age. He was born in 1868 in Ballarat, Australia. He is the child of John Lettey and Alice Pitt Lettey.

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In 1868, in the year that George Alfred Fergus Lettey was born, on February 24th, three days after his attempt to dismiss United States Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton - who was opposed to Johnson's leniency towards the former Confederacy - the US House of Representatives voted (126 to 47) to impeach Andrew Johnson. Johnson was later acquitted in the Senate by one vote short of the required 2/3rds.Senators crossed party lines to keep Johnson as President.

In 1888, he was 20 years old when Irishman John Robert Gregg published a pamphlet in the U.S., teaching his first version of shorthand - Gregg shorthand. When he improved on the first version and published it 5 years later, Gregg shorthand became popular.

In 1896, George was 28 years old when on January 4th, Utah became the 45th state in the United States. After the LDS Church banned polygamy in 1890, Utah's application for statehood became acceptable to Congress and the Utah Territory became Utah..

In 1925, by the time he was 57 years old, on November 28th, radio station WSM broadcast the Grand Ole Opry for the first time. Originally airing as “The WSM Barn Dance”, the Opry (a local term for "opera") was dedicated to honoring country music and in its history has featured the biggest stars and acts in country music.

In 1950, in the year of George Alfred Fergus Lettey's passing, 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.

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