Zachariah Thomas Mackey Hargis (1884 - 1962)

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Zachariah Thomas Mackey Hargis
1884 - 1962
February 16, 1884
June 16, 1962
Zachariah Thomas Mackey Hargis was born on February 16, 1884. He is the child of Zachariah John Beckham Hargis and Maryett (Mackey) Hargis, with siblings George, Nancy, Harriet, Rosa, Mahala, Paris, Ida, Gilbert, Fred, and John. According to his family tree, Zachariah Thomas was father to 3 children. He married Lillian Johnson, and they had children Hazel G. Hargis, Arnold E. Hargis, and Anita "Ruby" Hargis. He died on June 16, 1962 at 78 years of age.
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Kelly Sullivan commented on Jan 07, 2017
He was a great Showman, in many side shows and Circuses.


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Father to 3 children, he died on June 16, 1962 at 78 years old. He was born on February 16, 1884. Zachariah Thomas Mackey Hargis is the child of Zachariah John Beckham Hargis and Maryett (Mackey) Hargis, with siblings George, Nancy, Harriet, Rosa, Mahala, Paris, Ida, Gilbert, Fred, and John. According to his family tree, he married Lillian Johnson, and they had children Hazel G. Hargis, Arnold E. Hargis, and Anita "Ruby" Hargis.

1884 - 1962 World Events

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In 1884, in the year that Zachariah Thomas Mackey Hargis was born, on August 5th, the cornerstone for the base of the Statue of Liberty - a gift from the people of France - was laid. 120,000 people - most donations were $1 - donated to the completion of the base. An 1883 poem by Emma Lazarus was also written to raise funds. That poem was included in the base of the statue and is well known today. The most famous phrase: "Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

In 1894, at the age of merely 10 years old, Zachariah Thomas was alive when on March 12th, for the first time, Coca-Cola was sold in individual bottles as a drink for consumer consumption. Previously, it was sold as a syrup for upset stomachs - over the counter.

In 1909, by the time he was 25 years old, the U.S. penny was changed to the Abraham Lincoln design. The Lincoln penny was so popular that it soon had to be rationed and it sold on the secondary market for a quarter. Abraham Lincoln was the first historical figure to be on a U.S. coin - which was released to commemorate his 100th birthday. This penny was also the first U.S. cent to include the words "In God We Trust.".

In 1952, Zachariah Thomas was 68 years old when on July 2, Dr. Jonas E. Salk tested the first dead-virus polio vaccine on 43 children. The worst epidemic of polio had broken out that year - in the U.S. there were 58,000 cases reported. Of these, 3,145 people had died and 21,269 were left with mild to disabling paralysis.

In 1962, in the year of Zachariah Thomas Mackey Hargis's passing, on October 1st, African-American James H. Meredith, escorted by federal marshals, registered at the University of Mississippi - becoming the first African-American student admitted to the segregated college. He had been inspired by President Kennedy's inaugural address to apply for admission.

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