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Louisa Palmer (1901 - 1968)

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Louisa Palmer
1901 - 1968
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May 22, 1901
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August 1968
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Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania 19607
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Louisa Palmer was born on May 22, 1901. She died in August 1968 at age 67. We know that Louisa Palmer had been residing in Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania 19607.
Updated: October 7, 2011
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Louisa Palmer passed away in August 1968 at age 67. She was born on May 22, 1901. We are unaware of information about Louisa's family. We know that Louisa Palmer had been residing in Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania 19607.
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In 1901, in the year that Louisa Palmer was born, Teddy Roosevelt became the 26th President of the United States. TR, as he was known, had been Vice-President for 6 months when President William McKinley was assassinated. At age 42, he became the youngest President to serve although John Kennedy, at age 43, was the youngest President elected. He was a popular progressive and was elected to a second term in 1904 as a Republican, winning 56.4% of the popular vote and 336 electoral votes.

In 1914, at the age of just 13 years old, Louisa was alive when in August, the Panama Canal opened to traffic. Begun by the French in the 1880's and abandoned, the United States undertook further construction in 1904. After 10 years, and the elimination of malaria carrying mosquitoes (which caused immense delays for the French and the Americans), the 48 mile long artificial waterway - a series of locks - created a shortcut for ships traveling between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

In 1934, Louisa was 33 years old when on July 22nd, gangster John Dillinger was killed in Chicago. His gang had robbed banks and police stations, among other charges, and he was being hunted by J. Edgar Hoover, head of the FBI - although many in the public saw him as a "Robin Hood". A madam from a brothel in which he was hiding became an informer for the FBI and, after a shootout with FBI agents, Dillinger was shot and died.

In 1941, when she was 40 years old, 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 1968, in the year of Louisa Palmer's passing, on April 4th, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the civil rights leader, was shot and killed by an assassin in Memphis. James Earl Ray was apprehended and plead guilty to shooting Dr. King. Ray died in jail in 1998.

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