Margery Schumacher (1897 - 1979)

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Margery Schumacher
1897 - 1979
February 21, 1897
April 1979
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Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania 16502
Margery Schumacher was born on February 21, 1897. She died in April 1979 at age 82. We know that Margery Schumacher had been residing in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania 16502.
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Margery Schumacher passed away in April 1979 at 82 years old. She was born on February 21, 1897. We are unaware of information about Margery's surviving family. We know that Margery Schumacher had been residing in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania 16502.

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In 1897, in the year that Margery Schumacher was born, on March 4th, William McKinley became the 25th President of the United States. He had beaten William Jennings Bryan in the 1896 election by 51% to 46.7% in the popular vote. Six months into his second term as President, McKinley was assassinated.

In 1906, Margery was merely 9 years old when author Upton Sinclair exposed the public-health threat of the meat-packing industry in his book The Jungle. While his intent was to show the lives of exploited lives of immigrants in Chicago and other industrialized cities, most people were horrified by how the meat that ended up on their tables was handled. There was such an outcry that legislation was passed to regulate meat packing. Sinclair said " "I aimed at the public's heart, and by accident I hit it in the stomach."

In 1916, Margery was 19 years old when suffragette Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman elected to the House of Representatives as a Representative at large from Montana. She was the first woman to hold an elected Federal office. Holding the office for two years, she ran again in 1940 and served another two year term. Montana had granted women unrestricted voting rights in 1914, 6 years before women got the vote nationally.

In 1923, she was 26 years old when the Teapot Dome scandal became the subject of an investigation by Senator Walsh and severely damaged the reputation of the Harding administration. Secretary of the Interior Albert Bacon Fall was convicted of accepting bribes from oil companies and became the first Cabinet member to go to prison. At the time, the Teapot Dome scandal was seen as "greatest and most sensational scandal in the history of American politics".

In 1979, in the year of Margery Schumacher's passing, on November 4th, Iranian militant students seized the US embassy in Teheran and held 52 American citizens and diplomats hostage for 444 days. They were released at the end of the inauguration speech of the newly elected Ronald Reagan.

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