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Humphrey Best, Sr. (1740 - 1814)

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HUMPHREY BEST
1740 - 1814
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c. 1740
Pennsylvania USA
Death
July 1814
Garrard, Kentucky USA
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Humphrey Best, Sr. was born c. 1740 in Pennsylvania. He died in July 1814 in Garrard, Kentucky USA at age 74.
Updated: August 25, 2011
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Humphrey Best, Sr. passed away in July 1814 in Garrard, Kentucky USA at 74 years of age. He was born c. 1740 in Pennsylvania. We are unaware of information about HUMPHREY's surviving family.
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In 1800, HUMPHREY was 60 years old when the federal government moved from Philadelphia to Washington D.C. The site of the new capital had been chosen by President George Washington several years earlier and he appointed Pierre (Peter) Charles L'Enfant to lay out a plan for the new city.

In 1809, HUMPHREY was 69 years old when on December 30th, Boston Massachusetts banned the wearing of masks at balls. Boston was following many other places - including England - by banning masked balls, which were considered to contribute to loose morals. After all, with masks, you couldn't tell the class of the person or even their gender! The law was extended in 1849 and repealed in 1963.

In 1814, in the year of Humphrey Best, Sr.'s passing, mechanical engineer George Stephenson - who taught himself to read and write at age 18 - built the first practical steam locomotive. Named Blücher, the train was built to haul coal. It could haul 30 tons of coal up a hill at 4 mph.

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