Thomas Locke (1846 - 1903)

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Thomas Locke
1846 - 1903
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c. 1846
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August 20, 1903
Kings County, New York United States
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Thomas Locke was born c. 1846. He died on August 20, 1903 in New York at 57 years of age.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Thomas Locke died on August 20, 1903 in New York at 57 years old. He was born c. 1846. We are unaware of information about Thomas's family.

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In 1846, in the year that Thomas Locke was born, on April 25th, conflict widened in Texas' border disputes with Mexico, following the US annexation of Texas. On May 13th, the United States declared war on Mexico and the Mexican-American War officially began.

In 1854, at the age of merely 8 years old, Thomas was alive when on May 30th, the Kansas–Nebraska Act became law. The act created both the Kansas Territory and the Nebraska Territory, which would determine for themselves if they would be pro-slavery or free. Both territories allowed slavery but it caused contention within the territories.

In 1863, by the time he was 17 years old, on January 1st, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. The Proclamation made the abolition of slavery in the Confederate states an official war goal. It also immediately freed 50,000 slaves, with the rest freed as Union armies advanced into Confederate states. The Proclamation wasn't a Congressional law - it was an Executive Order.

In 1880, Thomas was 34 years old when on February 4th, five members of one family in Ontario, Canada were killed and their farm was burned by a mob. Called the Black Donnelly Massacre, the Irish family had been feuding with other citizens of the town. No one was ever convicted.

In 1903, in the year of Thomas Locke's passing, two brothers, Orville and Wilbur Wright, flew the first powered heavier-than-air plane. They flew 4 times in one day - the longest flight lasting 59 seconds and a little over 852 feet. While the brothers had notified several newspapers of their attempt, only one - a local paper - covered it. After their 4th flight, a gust of wind caught the plane, turned it over, and totaled it.

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