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, in Springfield Massachusetts, Smith & Wesson was founded. Their first gun was the Volcanic rifle. The company later expanded their line to include revolvers and ammunition.

In 1871, William was 19 years old when on March 22nd, William Holden became the first governor of a U.S. state - North Carolina - to be impeached and removed from office. His impeachment and removal was related to charges arising from his attempted suppression of the Ku Klux Klan.

In 1889, at the age of 37 years old, William was alive when on February 22nd, President Cleveland signed a bill allowing North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Washington to become states. North and South Dakota became the 39th and 40th states on November 2nd, Montana became the 41st state on November 8th, and Washington became the 42nd state on November 11th.

In 1928, William was 76 years old when Mickie Mouse was born! He first appeared in Disney's Steamboat Willie, along with Minnie. Although they were in two previous shorts, this was the first to be distributed. Steamboat Willie took advantage of the new technology and was a "talkie" - music was coordinated with the animation. It became the most popular cartoon of its day.

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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