Laurence Smith (1853 - 1941)

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Laurence Smith
1853 - 1941
August 11, 1941
Caulfield, VIC Australia 3162
Laurence Smith was born in 1853 in Ireland. He is the child of Lawrence Smith and Bridget (Kennedy) Smith, with siblings Sarah, Owen, James, and Elizabeth. According to his family tree, Laurence was father to 5 children. Laurence's partner was Margaret (O'Farrell) Smith, and they had children Mary Annie (Smith) Baker, Patrick James Smith, Laurence Owen Smith, Thomas Smith, and Frank Smith. He died on August 11, 1941 in Caulfield, VIC Australia at 88 years of age.
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Brighton General Cemetery in Caulfield South, VIC Australia 3162
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SMITH.-On August 11, at the residence of his son-in-law (Mr. A.O. Baker ), 31 Teak st. Caulfield, Laurence Smith, of 45 Shoobra Rd., Elsternwick, beloved husband of the late Margaret, and loving father of Patrick, Mary( Mrs. A.O. Baker), Laurence, Thomas and Frank, brother of Annie ( Mrs. P. F. Egan, Kilmore)and Owen, late of St. Arnaud. In his 88th year. Requiescat in Pace. (Privately interred at Brighton Cemetery, August 13).

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In 1853, in the year that Laurence Smith was born, on March 4th, Franklin Pierce became the 14th President of the United States. His son had been killed in a train accident that also involved Pierce and his wife on January 6 - the only of 3 sons to survive until then. Due to the resultant depression and his unpopular policies, he was not re-nominated for President and served only one term.

In 1872, when he was 19 years old, on December 4th, the empty American ship Mary Celeste was found in the Atlantic Ocean. Still seaworthy, under partial sail, and with one lifeboat missing, what happened on her is still a mystery. Her cargo and provisions were intact and she was used as a cargo vessel for another 12 years but the people onboard were never seen again

In 1884, by the time he was 31 years old, on August 5th, the cornerstone for the base of the Statue of Liberty - a gift from the people of France - was laid. 120,000 people - most donations were $1 - donated to the completion of the base. An 1883 poem by Emma Lazarus was also written to raise funds. That poem was included in the base of the statue and is well known today. The most famous phrase: "Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

In 1927, at the age of 74 years old, Laurence was alive when 10 years after the United States bought the U.S. Virgin Islands from the Danish government, the inhabitants were granted U.S. citizenship. While they can vote in congressional elections and presidential primaries, they cannot vote for President.

In 1941, in the year of Laurence Smith's passing, on December 7th, the Japanese attacked the military base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The surprise aerial attack damaged 8 U.S. battleships (6 later returned to service), including the USS Arizona, and destroyed 188 aircraft. 2,402 American citizens died and 1,178 wounded were wounded. On December 8th, the U.S. declared war on Japan and on December 11th, Germany and Italy (allies of Japan) declared war on the United States. World War II was in full swing.

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