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Matthew Bergan (1879 - 1947)

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Matthew Bergan
1879 - 1947
Born
c. February 19, 1879
New York, New York County, New York, United States
Death
December 23, 1947
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Matthew Bergan was born c. February 19, 1879 in New York, New York, United States. He is the child of Kieran Bergan and Mary D Kinsella Bergan, with siblings Sarah, Catherine, Mary, Timothy, Margaret, William, and Luke. According to his family tree, Matthew was father to 2 children. Matthew's partner was Mary Francis (Von Eich) Bergan, and they had children Harold Francis Bergan and Irene Bergan. He died on December 23, 1947 at age 68.
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Sheri Johnson commented on Jun 14, 2014
actually, this is his son Harold

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Father to 2 children, he passed away on December 23, 1947 at 68 years of age. He was born c. February 19, 1879 in New York, New York, United States. Matthew Bergan is the child of Kieran Bergan and Mary D Kinsella Bergan, with siblings Sarah, Catherine, Mary, Timothy, Margaret, William, and Luke. According to his family tree, Matthew's partner was Mary Francis (Von Eich) Bergan, and they had children Harold Francis Bergan and Irene Bergan.
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1879 - 1947 World Events

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In 1879, in the year that Matthew Bergan was born, on November 10th, Bell Telephone and Western Union reached an agreement. Bell Telephone would keep out of the telegraphy business and Western Union would stay out of the telephone business - leading to success for both.

In 1916, Matthew was 37 years old when in June, the U.S. Congress authorized a plan to expand the armed forces over the next five years. Called the National Defense Act of 1916, the national law expanded the National Guard and Army (the Army added an aviation unit), created the Reserves, and gave the President expanded authority to federalize the National Guard. It also allowed the government to stockpile, in advance, materiel to be used in wartime.

In 1920, he was 41 years old when speakeasies replaced saloons as the center of social activity. After the 18th Amendment was ratified and selling alcohol became illegal, saloons closed and speakeasies took their place. Speakeasies, also called a blind pig or blind tiger, were "so called because of the practice of speaking quietly about such a place in public, or when inside it, so as not to alert the police or neighbors". There were a lot of them and they were very popular. And where saloons often prohibited women, they were encouraged at speakeasies because of the added profits.

In 1933, Matthew was 54 years old when Frances Perkins became the first woman to hold a cabinet-level position, appointed by President Roosevelt to serve as Secretary of Labor. She told him that her priorities would be a 40-hour work week, a minimum wage, unemployment compensation, worker’s compensation, abolition of child labor, direct federal aid to the states for unemployment relief, Social Security, a revitalized federal employment service, and universal health insurance. President Roosevelt approved of all of them and most them were implemented during his terms as President. She served until his death in 1945.

In 1947, in the year of Matthew Bergan's passing, on April 15th, Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers, playing first base. He was the first black man to play in the Major Leagues. Since the 1880's, professional baseball had been segregated and blacks played in the "Negro leagues". He went on to play for 10 years.

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