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William Best (1772 - 1825)

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William Best
1772 - 1825
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1772
Tyrrel, Dobbs, North Carolina
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1825
Martin Co., North Carolina
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William Best was born in 1772 at Tyrrel, Dobbs, North Carolina. He died in 1825 at Martin Co., North Carolina at 53 years old.
Updated: August 15, 2011
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William Best died in 1825 at Martin Co., North Carolina at 53 years of age. He was born in 1772 at Tyrrel, Dobbs, North Carolina. There is no information about William's family.
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In 1801, when he was 29 years old, on November 10th, the state of Kentucky outlawed dueling. The oath of office for Kentucky has since said: ""I, being a citizen of this State, have not fought a duel with deadly weapons within this State nor out of it, nor have I sent or accepted a challenge to fight a duel with deadly weapons, nor have I acted as second in carrying a challenge, nor aided or assisted any person thus offending, so help me God."

In 1806, when he was 34 years old, on April 18th, the U.S. Congress passed the Non-importation Act. The Act forbade the importation of numerous goods from Great Britain, which was impressing American sailors into British service. The hope that was by impacting the British economy, the U.S. could stop the warlike practices of the English.

In 1808, by the time he was 36 years old, on February 11th, anthracite coal - the hardest form of coal - was first burned as fuel by Jesse Fell, in Pennsylvania. He burned the coal on an open air grate. This discovery led to the use of coal as the key fuel source of the industrial revolution in the United States.

In 1816, William was 44 years old when in July, Lord Byron, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, Percy Bysshe Shelley and John Polidori were vacationing in Switzerland, talking about the occult. They challenged each other to write the best horror story they could. Mary (Godwin) Shelley wrote "Frankenstein" - which came to her in a dream. Polidori wrote the short story The Vampyre.

In 1825, in the year of William Best's passing, on March 4th, John Quincy Adams was sworn in as the sixth President of the United States. His father, John Adams, was the second President of the United States and he was the only President who didn't win outright in the general election but was voted in by the House of Representatives.

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