James Slaughter (1888 - 1968)

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James Slaughter
1888 - 1968
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July 28, 1888
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June 1968
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Bellevue, King County, Washington 98004
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James Slaughter was born on July 28, 1888. He died in June 1968 at 79 years of age. We know that James Slaughter had been residing in Bellevue, King County, Washington 98004.
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James Slaughter passed away in June 1968 at 79 years of age. He was born on July 28, 1888. There is no information about James's family or relationships. We know that James Slaughter had been residing in Bellevue, King County, Washington 98004.

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In 1888, in the year that James Slaughter was born, Irishman John Robert Gregg published a pamphlet in the U.S., teaching his first version of shorthand - Gregg shorthand. When he improved on the first version and published it 5 years later, Gregg shorthand became popular.

In 1903, at the age of only 15 years old, James was alive when the Harley-Davidson Motor Company was begun by two childhood friends, William Harley and Arthur Davidson - with help from Arthur's brother, Walter. Their first prototype - a "motor-bicycle" - couldn't climb hills without also pedaling, so they went back to the drawing board, and in 1904 their new version came in 4th in a race. Harley-Davidson and Indian Motorcycle Manufacturing Company were the only two major motorcycle companies to survive the Great Depression.

In 1935, by the time he was 47 years old, on August 14, the Social Security Act was signed into law. The purpose was to "provide federal assistance to those unable to work". The law established the Social Security Administration whose primary focus was to "provide aid for the elderly, the unemployed, and children". The Act survived many Supreme Court challenges and the Administration continues until today.

In 1947, he was 59 years old when on April 15th, Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers, playing first base. He was the first black man to play in the Major Leagues. Since the 1880's, professional baseball had been segregated and blacks played in the "Negro leagues". He went on to play for 10 years.

In 1968, in the year of James Slaughter's passing, on April 4th, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the civil rights leader, was shot and killed by an assassin in Memphis. James Earl Ray was apprehended and plead guilty to shooting Dr. King. Ray died in jail in 1998.

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