Robert Motley Mayhew (1899 - 1995)

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Robert Motley Mayhew
1899 - 1995
Gretna, Virginia United States 24557
Robert Motley Mayhew was born in 1899 in Gretna, Virginia United States. According to his family tree, Robert was father to 4 children. Robert's partner was Lorena (Watlington) Mayhew, and they had children Virgil M Mayhew, Edna (Mayhew) Wallace, Shirley (Mayhew) Bailey, and Robert “Bob” Mayhew. He died in 1995 at 96 years old.
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Robert Motley Mayhew, father to 4 children, died in 1995 at age 96. He was born in 1899 in Gretna, Virginia United States. According to his family tree, Robert's partner was Lorena (Watlington) Mayhew, and they had children Virgil M Mayhew, Edna (Mayhew) Wallace, Shirley (Mayhew) Bailey, and Robert “Bob” Mayhew.

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In 1899, in the year that Robert Motley Mayhew was born, on February 4th, the Philippine–American War began. The Philippines objected to the Treaty of Paris, signed in 1898, that transferred possession of the Philippines from Spain to the U.S. Filipinos began a fight for independence and fighting between U.S. forces and those of the Philippine Republic broke out. On June 2nd, the Philippines officially declared war on the United States.

In 1901, when he was merely 2 years old, John Pierpont "J. P." Morgan created U.S. Steel. J.P. Morgan was an American banker and financier who dominated U.S. business at this time. He had previously overseen the creation of General Electric, as well as International Harvester and AT&T. He has been referred to as America's greatest banker. U.S. Steel was the first billion dollar company in the world, worth $1.4 billion in 1901.

In 1930, he was 31 years old when on August 6th, N.Y. Supreme Court Judge Joseph Crater went through papers in his office, destroyed some of them, withdrew all his money from the bank - $5,150, sold his stock, met friends at a restaurant for dinner and disappeared after getting into a taxi (or walking down the street - his friends' testimony later changed). His disappearance was reported to the police on September 3rd - almost a month later. His wife didn't know what happened, his fellow Justices had no idea, and his mistresses (he had several) said that they didn't know. While his disappearance was front page news, his fate was never discovered and after 40 years the case was closed, still without knowing if Crater was dead or alive.

In 1971, by the time he was 72 years old, in March, Congress passed the Twenty-sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which lowered the voting age to 18 (from 21). It was a response to the criticism that men could fight at 18, but not vote for the policies and politicians who sent them to war. The states quickly ratified the Amendment and it was signed into law on July 1st by President Richard Nixon.

In 1995, in the year of Robert Motley Mayhew's passing, on October 16th, the Million Man March took place on the National Mall in Washington DC. The March was organized to address "the ills of black communities and call for unity and revitalization of African American communities". An estimated 850,000 people attended.

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