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Ruth Smith (1900 - 1982)

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Ruth Smith
1900 - 1982
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September 22, 1900
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September 1982
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Rochester, Strafford County, New Hampshire 03867
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Ruth Smith was born on September 22, 1900. She died in September 1982 at 81 years of age. We know that Ruth Smith had been residing in Rochester, Strafford County, New Hampshire 03867.
Updated: October 3, 2011
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Ruth Smith passed away in September 1982 at 81 years old. She was born on September 22, 1900. We are unaware of information about Ruth's immediate family. We know that Ruth Smith had been residing in Rochester, Strafford County, New Hampshire 03867.
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In 1900, in the year that Ruth Smith was born, Carrie Chapman Catt succeeded Susan B. Anthony as the president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association. NAWSA was created by Anthony in 1890 in order to fight for the right of women to vote in the United States. Membership in NAWSA began at 7,000 and in the decades of the struggle - women didn't get the right to vote until 1920 - membership rose to 2 million.

In 1923, Ruth was 23 years old when Harlem's Cotton Club opened in New York City. Owned by a bootlegger and gangster, it was a 700 seat speakeasy that catered to a "white only" clientele. But most of the entertainers were African-American and featured some of the best entertainers of the time such as Lena Horne, the Nicholas Brothers, Ethel Waters, and Cab Calloway.

In 1952, she was 52 years old when on July 2, Dr. Jonas E. Salk tested the first dead-virus polio vaccine on 43 children. The worst epidemic of polio had broken out that year - in the U.S. there were 58,000 cases reported. Of these, 3,145 people had died and 21,269 were left with mild to disabling paralysis.

In 1969, when she was 69 years old, on January 20th, Richard M. Nixon became the 37th President of the United States. Previously the Vice President to President Eisenhower, Nixon was the only President to resign in office - in his second term.

In 1982, in the year of Ruth Smith's passing, on June 30th, time ran out on the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). The Amendment had only received 35 of the necessary 38 state ratifications. First sent to the states in 1972, the Amendment stated that "Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex".

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