Mary Ann Norris

(1814 - 1888)

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Mary Ann Norris
1814 - 1888
Born
1814
Death
1888
Lal Lal, Australia
Last Known Residence
Lal Lal, Australia
Summary
Mary Ann Norris was born in 1814. She was born to Catt George Norris and Ann Kennard Norris. She died in 1888 in Lal Lal, Australia at 74 years old.
Updated: February 06, 2019
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Mary Ann Norris passed away in 1888 in Lal Lal, Australia at 74 years old. She was born in 1814. She was born to Catt George Norris and Ann Kennard Norris.

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In 1814, in the year that Mary Ann Norris was born, in August, the British captured Washington, DC and set fire to the White House and the Capitol building. President James Madison and his wife, Dolley, couldn't return to the White House when the British were driven out. It wasn't until 1817 that the White House became habitable again.

In 1834, at the age of 20 years old, Mary was alive when on August 14th, the Poor Law Amendment Act was enacted in the United Kingdom. The Act stated that no able-bodied British man could receive assistance unless he entered a workhouse (a kind of poorhouse). The Act was intended to curb the cost of relief for the poor since workhouses were designed to be unpleasant. Many workhouses used the men as free labor and employed them in such tasks as breaking stones, crushing bones to produce fertilizer, or picking oakum - tarred fiber used between planks on ships -using a large metal nail known as a spike.

In 1841, by the time she was 27 years old, on Sunday, June 6th, the United Kingdom conducted a census, the first British census to record the names and ages in every household and to be done nationally at a set time. A few days before the census, forms were delivered to each home and they were picked up on the morning of the 7th.

In 1850, when she was 36 years old, on March 19th, American Express was started as an express mail service. Henry Wells & William Fargo joined forces - each had a delivery service - to found the company. At the beginning, express delivery in New York was virtually monopolized by American Express - which is now a financial services company.

In 1888, in the year of Mary Ann Norris's passing, on July 25th, a court stenographer from Salt Lake City - Frank Edward McGurrin - decisively beat the competition in a typing contest in Ohio. He was supposedly the only person who used touch typing and is believed to have invented the method. Touch typing is ubiquitous now - but Frank's win is what convinced everyone that the method was good!

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