William Kerr Addison (1884 - 1959)

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William Kerr Addison
1884 - 1959
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1884
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1959
Asco, Australia
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Asco, Australia
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William Kerr Addison was born in 1884. He was born to William Robe Addison and Elizabeth Hamil Kerr Addison. He died in 1959 in Asco, Australia at 75 years old.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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William Kerr Addison died in 1959 in Asco, Australia at 75 years old. He was born in 1884. He was born to William Robe Addison and Elizabeth Hamil Kerr Addison.

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In 1884, in the year that William Kerr Addison was born, on May 1st, the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions - a US association - first resolved that "eight hours shall constitute a legal day's labour from and after May 1, 1886, and that we recommend to labour organisations throughout this jurisdiction that they so direct their laws as to conform to this resolution by the time named." Previously, workdays would consist of 10 to 16 hours a day - 6 days a week. It would take years before the 8 hour workday became common practice - and longer before it became a law.

In 1893, he was only 9 years old when on November 7th, the women of Colorado were given the right to vote via a state referendum. Fifty-five percent of voters turned out and the referendum passed with 35,798 voting in favor and 29,551 voting against.

In 1916, he was 32 years old when in June, the U.S. Congress authorized a plan to expand the armed forces over the next five years. Called the National Defense Act of 1916, the national law expanded the National Guard and Army (the Army added an aviation unit), created the Reserves, and gave the President expanded authority to federalize the National Guard. It also allowed the government to stockpile, in advance, materiel to be used in wartime.

In 1935, when he was 51 years old, on August 14, the Social Security Act was signed into law. The purpose was to "provide federal assistance to those unable to work". The law established the Social Security Administration whose primary focus was to "provide aid for the elderly, the unemployed, and children". The Act survived many Supreme Court challenges and the Administration continues until today.

In 1959, in the year of William Kerr Addison's passing, on August 8th, Hawaii became the 50th state of the United States. The US flag was changed to show 50 stars.

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