George Thomas Wells

(1861 - 1920)

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George Thomas Wells
1861 - 1920
Born
1861
Lethbridge, Australia
Death
1920
Essendon, Australia
Last Known Residence
Lethbridge, Australia
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George Thomas Wells was born in 1861 in Lethbridge, Australia. He was born to Wells Stephen Wells and Sarah Ann Fisher Wells. He died in 1920 in Essendon, Australia at 59 years of age.
Updated: July 25, 2019
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George Thomas Wells died in 1920 in Essendon, Australia at 59 years of age. He was born in 1861 in Lethbridge, Australia. He was born to Wells Stephen Wells and Sarah Ann Fisher Wells.

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In 1861, in the year that George Thomas Wells was born, on August 5th, in order to help pay for the Civil War, the Federal government instituted the first income tax in the United States. The Revenue Act of 1861 was rescinded in 1862 but from 1861 through 1862, a flat tax was charged - 3% - on all income over $800, which included only 3% of households. In 1862, a broader tax was enacted.

In 1872, George was just 11 years old when on March 1st, Yellowstone National Park became the first national park in the U.S. and perhaps the world's first national park. Established by Congress and signed into law by President Grant, Yellowstone is one of the most spectacular areas in the U.S., filled with natural wonders and wildlife.

In 1888, he was 27 years old when on July 25th, a court stenographer from Salt Lake City - Frank Edward McGurrin - decisively beat the competition in a typing contest in Ohio. He was supposedly the only person who used touch typing and is believed to have invented the method. Touch typing is ubiquitous now - but Frank's win is what convinced everyone that the method was good!

In 1891, when he was 30 years old, on June 25th, in the July issue of The Strand Magazine in London, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's character Sherlock Holmes appeared in a series of short stories for the first time. Doyle eventually wrote 4 novels and 56 short stories with Holmes as the main character.

In 1920, in the year of George Thomas Wells's passing, speakeasies replaced saloons as the center of social activity. After the 18th Amendment was ratified and selling alcohol became illegal, saloons closed and speakeasies took their place. Speakeasies, also called a blind pig or blind tiger, were "so called because of the practice of speaking quietly about such a place in public, or when inside it, so as not to alert the police or neighbors". There were a lot of them and they were very popular. And where saloons often prohibited women, they were encouraged at speakeasies because of the added profits.

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