Wesley Masterson (1886 - 1968)

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Wesley Masterson
1886 - 1968
October 26, 1886
December 1968
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Lamar, Spencer County, Indiana 47550
Wesley Masterson was born on October 26, 1886. He died in December 1968 at age 82. We know that Wesley Masterson had been residing in Lamar, Spencer County, Indiana 47550.
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Wesley Masterson passed away in December 1968 at 82 years of age. He was born on October 26, 1886. We have no information about Wesley's family. We know that Wesley Masterson had been residing in Lamar, Spencer County, Indiana 47550.

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In 1886, in the year that Wesley Masterson was born, on May 4th, a general strike began in Chicago. Workers were striking for an 8 hour workday and in protest of the killing - by police - of several workers the day before. When an unknown person threw a dynamite bomb, the strike became violent. Seven policemen were killed as well as 4 civilians. It became known as the Haymarket Riot and eventually resulted in an 8 hourwork day as well as commemorations on May 1st for worker's rights.

In 1894, by the time he was only 8 years old, large reserves of oil were discovered on the Osage Indian reservation in Oklahoma. Previously thought to be "useless" land - not even good for farming - the tribe had bought the land themselves. The discovery of oil made the Osage the "richest group of people in the world" at the time.

In 1913, when he was 27 years old, the 17th Amendment, establishing the direct election of U.S. Senators, was adopted. Previously, Senators were elected by state legislatures. As early as 1826, a call to elect senators through popular vote was championed and previous to the 17th amendment, two states had already changed their process. Governors are still able to appoint senators to vacant seats until an election can be held.

In 1959, at the age of 73 years old, Wesley was alive when on January 3rd, Alaska became the 49th state of the United States and the first state not a part of the contiguous United States. The flag was changed to display 49 stars.

In 1968, in the year of Wesley Masterson's passing, on January 31st, the North Vietnamese launched the Tet Offensive, a turning point in the Vietnam War. 70,000 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces swarmed into South Vietnam. The South Vietnamese and US troops held off the offensive but it was such fierce fighting that the U.S. public began to turn against the war.

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