William Joseph Benning (1852 - 1930)

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William Joseph Benning
1852 - 1930
August 7, 1852
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
October 11, 1930
Pueblo, Pueblo County, Colorado, United States
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Pueblo, Pueblo County, Colorado United States
William Joseph Benning of Pueblo, Pueblo County, Colorado United States was born on August 7, 1852 in St. Louis, Missouri. He was married to Immogene Nelson (Millard) Benning on December 24, 1873 in Clinton, Vermillion County, Indiana, and they were together until Immogene's death on November 5, 1916. William and Immogene had children Walter Joseph Benning, George Lawrence Benning, Lloyd Harold Benning, Lois (Benning) Los Kamp, William Nelson Benning, Henry Clay Benning, Walter J. Benning, Cora Mary Benning, Mabel Benning, and Grace Benning. William Benning died at age 78 years old on October 11, 1930 in Pueblo, Pueblo County, Colorado, and was buried on October 13, 1930 at Roselawn Cemetery 1706 Roselawn Rd, in Pueblo.
Updated: November 23, 2022
Biography ID: 192556176

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Pueblo, Pueblo County, Colorado United States
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October 11, 1930
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October 13, 1930
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Roselawn Cemetery 1706 Roselawn Rd, in Pueblo, Pueblo County, Colorado 81006, United States
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The following appeared in the Arizona Republic on Monday October 13th 1930 on page 4: N.W. Benning's Father Is Dead In Colorado Funeral services for William J. Benning, 78 years old, who died Saturday at his home in Pueblo, Colo., will be held today, according to word received here. William Benning is the father of Nelson W. Benning, secretary of the Phoenix Young Men's Christian Association. He Visited here with his son for 18 months, returning to Pueblo last April. Due to the press of work here, Mr. Benning will be unable to attend the services in Pueblo.

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In 1852, in the year that William Joseph Benning was born, on March 2nd, an experimental steam fire engine was tested in the US. Great Britain had begun using "steam pumpers" after 1829, when they were invented.

In 1865, he was only 13 years old when on September 26th, Champ Ferguson, a Confederate guerrilla, became the first person to be convicted of war crimes arising from the Civil War. (There was only one other person convicted of war crimes in the Civil War.) He was found guilty by a U.S. Army tribunal on 23 charges arising from the murder of 53 people. On October 20, he was hung.

In 1887, William was 35 years old when on July 1st, the assembly for the supports of the Eiffel Tower began . A wrought iron lattice tower, it was designed and built by Gustave Eiffel - who also contributed to the building of the Statue of Liberty. There are 18,000 pieces in the Eiffel Tower - which had to be built separately and then assembled in place - with rivets - to complete the Tower.

In 1891, by the time he was 39 years old, on June 25th, in the July issue of The Strand Magazine in London, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's character Sherlock Holmes appeared in a series of short stories for the first time. Doyle eventually wrote 4 novels and 56 short stories with Holmes as the main character.

In 1930, in the year of William Joseph Benning's passing, as head of the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America, William Hays established a code of decency that outlined what was acceptable in films. The public - and government - had felt that films in the '20's had become increasingly risque and that the behavior of its stars was becoming scandalous. Laws were being passed. In response, the heads of the movie studios adopted a voluntary "code", hoping to head off legislation. The first part of the code prohibited "lowering the moral standards of those who see it", called for depictions of the "correct standards of life", and forbade a picture from showing any sort of ridicule towards a law or "creating sympathy for its violation". The second part dealt with particular behavior in film such as homosexuality, the use of specific curse words, and miscegenation.

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