Laurence Ormond Smith (1881 - 1931)

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Laurence Ormond Smith
1881 - 1931
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1881
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1931
Sanham, Australia
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Sanham, Australia
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Laurence Ormond Smith was born in 1881. He is the child of Gatzemeyer Franz Frederick Ormond Smith and Anna Eickloff Ormond Smith. He died in 1931 in Sanham, Australia at 50 years old.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Laurence Ormond Smith passed away in 1931 in Sanham, Australia at age 50. He was born in 1881. He is the child of Gatzemeyer Franz Frederick Ormond Smith and Anna Eickloff Ormond Smith.

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In 1881, in the year that Laurence Ormond Smith was born, on February 19th, Kansas became the first state to prohibit all alcohol - the prohibition lasted statewide until 1948.

In 1897, at the age of 16 years old, Laurence was alive when on September 21st, editor and publisher Francis P. Church responded to a letter to the editor from Virginia O'Hanlon, 8 years old. Virginia's father had told her that "If you see it in The Sun, it's so." So she wrote to the Sun, asking if there was a Santa Claus. Church responded with the now famous editorial "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus".

In 1918, when he was 37 years old, in January, President Wilson presented his Fourteen Points, which assured citizens that World War I was being fought for a moral cause and outlined a plan for postwar peace in Europe. The only leader of the Allies to present such a plan, the Europeans thought Wilson was being too idealistic. The points included free trade, open agreements, democracy and self-determination. They were based on the research and suggestions of 150 advisors.

In 1927, by the time he was 46 years old, in September, the Columbia Broadcasting System (later called CBS) became the second national radio network in the U.S. The first broadcast was a presentation by the Howard Barlow Orchestra from radio station WOR in Newark, New Jersey.

In 1931, in the year of Laurence Ormond Smith's passing, in March, “The Star Spangled Banner” officially became the national anthem by congressional resolution. Other songs had previously been used - among them, "My Country, 'Tis of Thee", "God Bless America", and "America the Beautiful". There was fierce debate about making "The Star Spangled Banner" the national anthem - Southerners and veterans organizations supported it, pacifists and educators opposed it.

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