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Sophia C Brown (1827 - 1900)

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Sophia C Brown
1827 - 1900
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c. 1827
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August 31, 1900
Manhattan County, New York United States
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Sophia C Brown was born c. 1827. She died on August 31, 1900 in New York United States at 73 years old.
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Sophia C Brown died on August 31, 1900 in New York United States at 73 years old. She was born c. 1827. There is no information about Sophia's immediate family.
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In 1827, in the year that Sophia C Brown was born, Englishman John Walker invented the first friction match, which he named Lucifer. The match consisted of a wooden stick coated with sulphur and tipped with a mixture of sulphide of antimony, chlorate of potash, and gum. A box of 50 matches was one shilling and came with folded sandpaper to use to strike a match.

In 1832, she was just 5 years old when on November 14th, Charles Carroll - the last surviving signer of the Declaration of Independence - died at his home in Maryland. He was 95 years old. He signed the Declaration as "Charles Carroll of Carrollton", distinguishing him from several other Charles Carroll's who were living in the area at the time.

In 1840, by the time she was just 13 years old, on July 23rd, Upper Canada and Lower Canada were merged by the British Parliament, creating the United Province of Canada. This area later became the provinces of Ontario and Quebec.

In 1882, she was 55 years old when on September 4th, the switch to the first commercial electrical power plant in the U.S. - at 255-257 Pearl Street - was flipped by Thomas Edison. It lit one square mile of lower Manhattan and was powered by coal. The "electrical age" had begun.

In 1900, in the year of Sophia C Brown's passing, 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.

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