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Mattie O Coburn (1884 - 1968)

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Mattie O Coburn
1884 - 1968
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February 11, 1884
Death
June 15, 1968
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Florien, Sabine County, Louisiana 71429
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Mattie O Coburn was born on February 11, 1884. She died on June 15, 1968 at age 84. We know that Mattie O Coburn had been residing in Florien, Sabine County, Louisiana 71429.
Updated: November 7, 2011
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Mattie O Coburn passed away on June 15, 1968 at 84 years of age. She was born on February 11, 1884. We are unaware of information about Mattie's family or relationships. We know that Mattie O Coburn had been residing in Florien, Sabine County, Louisiana 71429.
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In 1884, in the year that Mattie O Coburn was born, on May 1st, the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions - a US association - first resolved that "eight hours shall constitute a legal day's labour from and after May 1, 1886, and that we recommend to labour organisations throughout this jurisdiction that they so direct their laws as to conform to this resolution by the time named." Previously, workdays would consist of 10 to 16 hours a day - 6 days a week. It would take years before the 8 hour workday became common practice - and longer before it became a law.

In 1890, Mattie was only 6 years old when on June 1st, the U.S. Census Bureau started tabulating census returns with punch cards. Herman Hollerith's "tabulating machine" used punch cards to more quickly compute census information, taking the time to get census results from 8 years in 1880 to 6 years for the 1890 census. Hollerith's company eventually became IBM.

In 1912, at the age of 28 years old, Mattie was alive when New Mexico became the 47th state of the Union in January. Previously a province of Mexico, then a territory of the United States and mostly populated by Native Americans and Mexicans, once it became a U.S. territory it was increasingly colonized by European-American settlers. Its population was over 327,000 when it became a state.

In 1941, Mattie was 57 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 1968, in the year of Mattie O Coburn's passing, on June 5th, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was shot at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles by Sirhan after celebrating his win in the California presidential primary. He died the next day at Good Samaritan Hospital.

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