William Adolphus Latrobe Foster

(1866 - 1943)

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William Adolphus Latrobe Foster
1866 - 1943
Born
1866
Death
1943
Warnambool, Australia
Last Known Residence
Warnambool, Australia
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William Adolphus Latrobe Foster was born in 1866. He was born to Foster William Henry Foster and Caroline May Paterson Foster. He died in 1943 in Warnambool, Australia at 77 years old.
Updated: February 06, 2019
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William Adolphus Latrobe Foster died in 1943 in Warnambool, Australia at age 77. He was born in 1866. He was born to Foster William Henry Foster and Caroline May Paterson Foster.

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In 1866, in the year that William Adolphus Latrobe Foster was born, on April 10th, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals - the ASPCA - was created. New Yorker Henry Bergh was the first President of the Society and the leader in its creation. He later formed the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

In 1874, he was merely 8 years old when on November 4th, the Democratic Party regained control of the US House of Representatives - the first time since 1860. The Democrats now held 183 seats - up 94 - and the Republicans held 106 - down 93.

In 1881, when he was just 15 years old, on May 21st, Clara Barton, a nurse, founded the American Red Cross. She was inspired by the Red Cross in Geneva Switzerland and the International Red Cross.

In 1910, William was 44 years old when Halley's comet, which returns past the earth every 75 - 76 years was observed photographically for the first time. Two fortuitous events occurred - photography had been invented since the last time the comet had passed and the comet was relatively close. There was panic because one astronomer claimed that the gas from its tail "would impregnate the atmosphere and possibly snuff out all life on the planet." People bought gas masks, "anti-comet pills" and "anti-comet umbrellas".

In 1943, in the year of William Adolphus Latrobe Foster's passing, on June 20th through June 22nd, the Detroit Race Riot erupted at Belle Isle Park. The rioting spread throughout the city (made worse by false rumors of attacks on blacks and whites) and resulted in the deployment of 6,000 Federal troops. 34 people were killed, (25 of them black) - mostly by white police or National Guardsmen, 433 were wounded (75 percent of them black) and an estimated $2 million of property was destroyed. The same summer, there were riots in Beaumont, Texas and Harlem, New York.

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