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George Alfred Fergus Lettey (1868 - 1950)

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George Alfred Fergus Lettey
1868 - 1950
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1868
Ballarat, Australia
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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.
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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 January 9th, Great Britain ended the practice of transporting its prisoners to Australia. It ended with the arrival of the convict ship Hougoumont in Western Australia. The trip took 89 days and there were 62 Fenians - people fighting for a free Ireland - among the transportees.

In 1888, he was 20 years old when on January 12th, the 'Schoolhouse Blizzard' blanketed Dakota Territory. Montana, Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas, and Texas were hit, leaving 235 dead. Many of those who perished were children on their way home from school. The day was relatively warm when it began and the blizzard hit unexpectedly, catching most by surprise.

In 1899, by the time he was 31 years old, on February 4th, the Philippine–American War began. The Philippines objected to the Treaty of Paris, signed in 1898, that transferred possession of the Philippines from Spain to the U.S. Filipinos began a fight for independence and fighting between U.S. forces and those of the Philippine Republic broke out. On June 2nd, the Philippines officially declared war on the United States.

In 1916, at the age of 48 years old, George was alive when suffragette Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman elected to the House of Representatives as a Representative at large from Montana. She was the first woman to hold an elected Federal office. Holding the office for two years, she ran again in 1940 and served another two year term. Montana had granted women unrestricted voting rights in 1914, 6 years before women got the vote nationally.

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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