Jarvis Rochford Godwill (1879 - 1950)

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Jarvis Rochford Godwill
1879 - 1950
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1879
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1950
Preston, Australia
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Jarvis Rochford Godwill was born in 1879. He is the child of Conrad Godwill and Jane Jolly Godwill. He died in 1950 in Preston, Australia at 71 years old.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Jarvis Rochford Godwill died in 1950 in Preston, Australia at age 71. He was born in 1879. He is the child of Conrad Godwill and Jane Jolly Godwill.

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In 1879, in the year that Jarvis Rochford Godwill was born, on October 22nd, Thomas Edison tested the first practical electric light bulb. Lasting 13½ hours before burning out, it used a "a carbon filament or strip coiled and connected to platina contact wires". He applied for a patent on November 4th, receiving the patent in January 1880.

In 1882, Jarvis was just 3 years old when on April 3rd, 34 year old outlaw Jesse James was shot in the back of the head by trusted friend and partner Robert Ford. Suspected of colluding with the Governor of Missouri, brothers Robert and Charley Ford were arrested, indicted, plead guilty, sentenced to be hung - then pardoned by the Governor. All in one day.

In 1929, when he was 50 years old, on October 29th (Black Tuesday), the stock market crashed in the United States. Billions of dollars were lost and some investors committed suicide as a result, having lost their fortunes. This ushered in the 12 year, worldwide Great Depression.

In 1931, at the age of 52 years old, Jarvis was alive when on May 1st, the Empire State Building opened in New York City. At 1,454 feet (including the roof and antenna), it was the tallest building in the world until the World Trade Center's North Tower was built in 1970. (It is now the 34th tallest.) Opening at the beginning of the Great Depression, most of the offices in the Empire State Building remained unoccupied for years and the observation deck was an equal source of revenue and kept the building profitable.

In 1950, in the year of Jarvis Rochford Godwill's passing, in February, Joe McCarthy gave a speech alleging that he had a list of "members of the Communist Party and members of a spy ring" who worked in the State Department. He went on to chair a committee that investigated not only the State Department but also the administration of President Harry S. Truman, the Voice of America, and the U.S. Army for communist spies - until he was condemned by the U.S. Senate in 1954.

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