William Edward Foster

(1897 - 1947)

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William Edward Foster
1897 - 1947
Born
1897
Footscray, Australia
Death
1947
Heidelberg, Australia
Last Known Residence
Heidelberg, Australia
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William Edward Foster was born in 1897 in Footscray, Australia. He was born to Foster William Edward Foster and Sarah Caroline Birkell Foster. He died in 1947 in Heidelberg, Australia at 50 years of age.
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William Edward Foster passed away in 1947 in Heidelberg, Australia at 50 years of age. He was born in 1897 in Footscray, Australia. He was born to Foster William Edward Foster and Sarah Caroline Birkell Foster.

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In 1897, in the year that William Edward Foster was born, on March 4th, William McKinley became the 25th President of the United States. He had beaten William Jennings Bryan in the 1896 election by 51% to 46.7% in the popular vote. Six months into his second term as President, McKinley was assassinated.

In 1908, at the age of only 11 years old, William was alive when President Theodore Roosevelt held the White House Conservation Conference, which lead to the establishment of the National Conservation Commission. Preparing the first inventory of the United State's natural resources, the commission was divided into four parts: water, forests, lands, and minerals.

In 1916, he was 19 years old when visiting nurse Margaret Sanger opened the first birth control clinic in the U.S. at 46 Amboy St. in Brooklyn New York. Ten days after the clinic opened, Sanger was arrested for "violating laws against giving out birth control information" which was defined as obscenity. The clinic was not handing out birth control - just information about sex and birth control methods. (The Comstock law categorized information about abortion, family planning, and contraception as “obscene”.) The clinics and organizations that Sanger established later evolved into the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

In 1931, when he was 34 years old, on May 1st, the Empire State Building opened in New York City. At 1,454 feet (including the roof and antenna), it was the tallest building in the world until the World Trade Center's North Tower was built in 1970. (It is now the 34th tallest.) Opening at the beginning of the Great Depression, most of the offices in the Empire State Building remained unoccupied for years and the observation deck was an equal source of revenue and kept the building profitable.

In 1947, in the year of William Edward Foster's passing, on November 25th, the Hollywood "Black List" was created by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). Ten Hollywood writers and directors had refused to testify to the Committee regarding "Communists" or "Reds" in the movie industry. The next day, the blacklist was created and they were fired.

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