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Lester Hunt (1898 - 1985)

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Lester Hunt
1898 - 1985
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August 5, 1898
Death
February 1985
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Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana 47807
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Lester Hunt was born on August 5, 1898. He died in February 1985 at 86 years of age. We know that Lester Hunt had been residing in Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana 47807.
Updated: October 8, 2011
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Lester Hunt died in February 1985 at age 86. He was born on August 5, 1898. We have no information about Lester's family or relationships. We know that Lester Hunt had been residing in Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana 47807.
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In 1898, in the year that Lester Hunt was born, on March 24th, Robert Allison of Pennsylvania became the first person to buy an American-built car. He bought a Winton, which he had seen in an advertisement in Scientific American. The Winton, built in Ohio, was made by hand and came with a leather roof, padded seats, gas lamps, and tires made by B.F. Goodrich.

In 1908, at the age of just 10 years old, Lester was alive when Henry Ford developed the first Model T automobile, often called the Tin Lizzy or flivver. Produced from 1908 through 1927, it first sold for $850 - which made it affordable for every middle class family. Previously, cars were the province of the upper class and the introduction of the Model T and its availability changed U.S. culture. Within days of its release, over 15,000 cars had been ordered.

In 1938, when he was 40 years old, on June 25th (a Saturday) the Fair Labor Standards Act was signed into law by President Roosevelt (along with 120 other bills). The Act banned oppressive child labor, set the minimum hourly wage at 25 cents, and established the maximum workweek at 44 hours. It faced a lot of opposition and in fighting for it, Roosevelt said "Do not let any calamity-howling executive with an income of $1,000 a day, ...tell you...that a wage of $11 a week is going to have a disastrous effect on all American industry."

In 1941, Lester was 43 years old when in his State of the Union address on January 6th, President Roosevelt detailed the "four freedoms" that everyone in the world should have: Freedom of speech, Freedom of worship, Freedom from want, and Freedom from fear. In the same speech, he outlined the benefits of democracy which he said were economic opportunity, employment, social security, and the promise of "adequate health care".

In 1985, in the year of Lester Hunt's passing, in May, a paper published in Nature by three British scientists reported that a huge hole was discovered in the ozone layer over the Antarctic. It was much larger than expected and is due to the use of manmade chemicals.

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