Upton Beall Sinclair Jr. (1878 - 1968)

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Upton Beall Sinclair Jr.
1878 - 1968
September 20, 1878
November 1968
Last Known Residence
Martinsville, Somerset County, New Jersey 08836
Upton Beall Sinclair Jr. of Martinsville, Somerset County, New Jersey was born on September 20, 1878, and died at age 90 years old in November 1968.
Updated: June 21, 2016
Biography ID: 61213516

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Upton Sinclair passed away at age 90 years old in November 1968. Upton Beall Sinclair Jr. of Martinsville, Somerset County, New Jersey was born on September 20, 1878.

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Upton Beall Sinclair Jr. lived 22 years longer than the average Sinclair family member when he died at the age of 90.
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Author Upton Sinclair picketing the Rockefeller Building in 1914.

Upton is probably best known for his book The Jungle. But he was very active politically as well. He even ran for office in California but was never elected.

Time magazine called him "a man with every gift except humor and silence." I don't know about humor but he was involved in plenty of protest throughout his life. I can't find a reference to why he was picketing in 1914, but he is in the white suit with the black armband.

Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, Bain Collection.
Date & Place: in New York, New York USA

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1878 - 1968 World Events

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In 1878, in the year that Upton Beall Sinclair Jr. was born, in Africa, the death of the last confirmed Cape lion occurred. The Cape lion was slightly larger than other lions and had black ears, a black mane, and black hair on its belly.

In 1904, he was 26 years old when the World's Fair, officially known as the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, was held in St. Louis, Missouri. Attended by nearly 19.7 million people (and later the subject of a Judy Garland film), the Fair was funded by federal, state and local sources to the tune of $15 million. As the name suggests, the Fair was suggested as a way to celebrate the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. In the past, World's Fairs were a way of bringing new technology to the attention of the masses and this fair was no exception - the use of electricity (the public feared it at the time), personal cars, airplanes, and the electric streetcar were all highlighted.

In 1929, he was 51 years old when American Samoa officially became a U.S. territory. Although a part of the United States since 1900, the Ratification Act of 1929 vested "all civil, judicial, and military powers in the President of the United States of America".

In 1940, he was 62 years old when on November 5th, President Franklin Roosevelt was elected to a third term, defeating Wendell Willkie of Indiana (a corporate lawyer). Roosevelt running for a third term was controversial. But the U.S. was emerging from the Great Recession and he promised that he would not involve the country in any foreign war (which of course changed when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor). Roosevelt defeated Willkie in the popular vote by 54.7 to 44.8% and in the Electoral College 449 to 82.

In 1968, in the year of Upton Beall Sinclair Jr.'s passing, on April 4th, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the civil rights leader, was shot and killed by an assassin in Memphis. James Earl Ray was apprehended and plead guilty to shooting Dr. King. Ray died in jail in 1998.

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