William Edward Gregory (1886 - 1914)

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William Edward Gregory
1886 - 1914
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c. 1886
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November 26, 1914
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William Edward Gregory was born c. 1886. He died on November 26, 1914 at 28 years old.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Service number: j/5933 Rank: Able Seaman Regiment: Royal Navy Unit/ship/squadron: h.m.s. bulwark.
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William Edward Gregory passed away on November 26, 1914 at age 28. He was buried in Portsmouth Naval Memorial 2., United Kingdom. He was born c. 1886. We have no information about William's family or relationships.

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In 1886, in the year that William Edward Gregory was born, on October 28th, President Grover Cleveland officially dedicated the Statue of Liberty. A gift from France, the base for the statue had been built using donations from the American public. The unplanned but enthusiastic celebration after the dedication led to the first ticker tape parade.

In 1890, he was only 4 years old when on July 3rd, Idaho became the 43rd state in the United States. On July 10th, Wyoming became the 44th state.

In 1894, by the time he was just 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 1904, William was 18 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 1914, in the year of William Edward Gregory's passing, in August, the world's first red and green traffic lights were installed at the corner of East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue in Cleveland Ohio. The electric traffic light had been invented by a policeman in Salt Lake City Utah in 1912.

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