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Hugh Griffith (1865 - 1951)

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Hugh Griffith
1865 - 1951
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1865
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1951
St A, Australia
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Hugh Griffith was born in 1865. He is the child of Ellis Griffith and Mary Owen Griffith. He died in 1951 in St A, Australia at 86 years old.
Updated: September 3, 2013
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Hugh Griffith died in 1951 in St A, Australia at age 86. He was born in 1865. He is the child of Ellis Griffith and Mary Owen Griffith.
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In 1865, in the year that Hugh Griffith was born, on September 26th, Champ Ferguson, a Confederate guerrilla, became the first person to be convicted of war crimes arising from the Civil War. (There was only one other person convicted of war crimes in the Civil War.) He was found guilty by a U.S. Army tribunal on 23 charges arising from the murder of 53 people. On October 20, he was hung.

In 1880, he was only 15 years old when on February 4th, five members of one family in Ontario, Canada were killed and their farm was burned by a mob. Called the Black Donnelly Massacre, the Irish family had been feuding with other citizens of the town. No one was ever convicted.

In 1891, when he was 26 years old, on March 14th, a lynch mob stormed the Old Parish Prison. The mob lynched 11 of the 19 Italians who were arrested for - but found to be innocent of - the murder of New Orleans Police Chief David Hennessy.

In 1901, he was 36 years old when shortly after beginning his second term, President McKinley was assassinated by the self proclaimed anarchist Leon Czolgosz. The last President to have served in the Civil War - he began as a private and ended the war as a brevet major - McKinley was a Republican. First elected in 1896, he was re-elected in 1900. Six months after the swearing in, McKinley was shot - and died of the gangrene that set in as a result.

In 1951, in the year of Hugh Griffith's passing, on April 5th, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg (husband and wife) were sentenced to death for treason. They were executed on June 19th. American citizens, they were convicted of spying for the Soviet Union. Their two young sons were adopted by a high school teacher and his wife.

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