John Henry Mayhew (1855 - 1923)

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John Henry Mayhew
1855 - 1923
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1855
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1923
Chiltern, Australia
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Chiltern, Australia
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John Henry Mayhew was born in 1855. He is the child of Mayhew George William Mayhew and Mary Younghusband Mayhew. He died in 1923 in Chiltern, Australia at 68 years old.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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John Henry Mayhew passed away in 1923 in Chiltern, Australia at 68 years of age. He was born in 1855. He is the child of Mayhew George William Mayhew and Mary Younghusband Mayhew.

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In 1855, in the year that John Henry Mayhew was born, on March 3rd, Congress appropriated $30,000 to create the U.S. Camel Corps. The idea was to use camels as pack animals in the Southwest and 34 camels were bought. But the Army wasn't enthusiastic about the idea and after the Civil War the Camel Corps was entirely abandoned.

In 1866, when he was merely 11 years old, Swedish chemist, engineer, inventor, businessman, and philanthropist Alfred Nobel invented dynamite in Germany. During his lifetime he held 355 patents, of which dynamite was the most famous. He also established the Nobel Prizes in his will.

In 1882, at the age of 27 years old, John was alive when on August 3rd, President Chester Arthur signed the 1882 Immigration Act. "Criminals, the insane, or any person unable to take care of him or herself" were not allowed in the U.S. according to the Act. It also imposed a "head tax" on non-citizens entering the U.S.

In 1906, he was 51 years old when English biochemist Frederick Hopkins concluded that vitamins are essential to the human body and that a lack of vitamins caused scurvy and rickets. Scurvy and rickets were both huge problems in sailors that were at sea for extended time and the addition of vitamin C, vitamin D, and calcium in their diets helped eradicate the problem.

In 1923, in the year of John Henry Mayhew's passing, Harlem's Cotton Club opened in New York City. Owned by a bootlegger and gangster, it was a 700 seat speakeasy that catered to a "white only" clientele. But most of the entertainers were African-American and featured some of the best entertainers of the time such as Lena Horne, the Nicholas Brothers, Ethel Waters, and Cab Calloway.

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