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Harriet Hemings (1801 - 1870)

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Harriet Hemings
1801 - 1870
Born
May 22, 1801
Albemarle County, Virginia United States
Death
1870
Washington, District of Columbia County, District Of Columbia United States
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Harriet Hemings was born on May 22, 1801 in Virginia United States. She is the child of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, with siblings Harriet, James, William, and Eston. According to her family tree, Harriet was mother to 1 child. Harriet's partner was Reuben Coles, and they had a child Mary Frances (Coles). She died in 1870 in Washington, District Of Columbia United States at age 68.
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Mother to 1 child, she passed away in 1870 in Washington, District Of Columbia United States at 68 years of age. She was born on May 22, 1801 in Virginia United States. Harriet Hemings is the child of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, with siblings Harriet, James, William, and Eston. According to her family tree, Harriet's partner was Reuben Coles, and they had a child Mary Frances (Coles).
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In 1801, in the year that Harriet Hemings was born, on November 10th, the state of Kentucky outlawed dueling. The oath of office for Kentucky has since said: ""I, being a citizen of this State, have not fought a duel with deadly weapons within this State nor out of it, nor have I sent or accepted a challenge to fight a duel with deadly weapons, nor have I acted as second in carrying a challenge, nor aided or assisted any person thus offending, so help me God."

In 1811, at the age of merely 10 years old, Harriet was alive when on July 9th, British explorer, surveyor, and fur trader David Thompson posted a notice at the junction of the Columbia River and the Snake River - in modern-day Washington- claiming the area for the United Kingdom and stating the intention of the North West Company to build a trading post there. The trading post was built several years later.

In 1822, at the age of 21 years old, Harriet was alive when on July 3rd, Charles Babbage published a proposal for a forerunner of the modern computer. Called a "difference engine", it calculated logarithms and trigonometric functions. Babbage wanted to eliminate the errors that occurred through the use of human "calculators" by creating a machine to do the same work. While a prototype was begun, it was never completed.

In 1856, Harriet was 55 years old when on February 18th, The American Party, also called the "Know-Nothings" because they were an anti-Catholic and anti-immigrant movement, assembled in Philadelphia to nominate their first Presidential candidate, former President Millard Fillmore. The party sought to keep the "purity" of elections by blocking "impure" foreigners.

In 1870, in the year of Harriet Hemings's passing, on June 26th, Christmas was declared an official federal holiday in the United States. By 1860, 14 states had declared Christmas a legal holiday but the practice of celebrating Christmas was a local - and religious - choice previously.

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