John Lear (1812 - 1872)

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John Lear
1812 - 1872
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1812
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1872
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John Lear was born in 1812. He died in 1872 in Australia at 60 years old. We know that John Lear had been residing in Australia.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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John Lear passed away in 1872 in Australia at age 60. He was born in 1812. There is no information about John's family or relationships. We know that John Lear had been residing in Australia.

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In 1812, in the year that John Lear was born, on April 30th, Louisiana was admitted to the United States as the 18th state. The area was previously known as the Territory of Orleans.

In 1822, at the age of just 10 years old, John was alive when on July 3rd, Charles Babbage published a proposal for a forerunner of the modern computer. Called a "difference engine", it calculated logarithms and trigonometric functions. Babbage wanted to eliminate the errors that occurred through the use of human "calculators" by creating a machine to do the same work. While a prototype was begun, it was never completed.

In 1836, by the time he was 24 years old, on October 22nd, Sam Houston was inaugurated as the first elected President of the Republic of Texas, which was formed in 1836 as a result of Texas' independence from Mexico. He served two years, per the Texas Constitution - subsequent Presidents could serve three years.

In 1866, John was 54 years old when 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 1872, in the year of John Lear's passing, on May 22nd, President Ulysses S. Grant signed the Amnesty Act of 1872. The Act restored full civil rights to secessionists, including about 150,000 former slaves who had fought in the Confederate Army. About 500 former Confederate sympathizers were not allowed their full civil rights.

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