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Zachariah Thomas Mackey Hargis (1884 - 1962)

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Zachariah Thomas Mackey Hargis
1884 - 1962
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February 16, 1884
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June 16, 1962
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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.
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In 1884, in the year that Zachariah Thomas Mackey Hargis 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 1899, he was only 15 years old when on February 14th, the first voting machines were approved by Congress for use in federal elections. Several states were already using voting machines in their elections and the Federal government was finally convinced of their safety and accuracy.

In 1909, at the age of 25 years old, Zachariah Thomas was alive when explorer Robert Peary, a Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy, claimed to have been the first to have reached the geographic North Pole. His claim has been disputed for over a century - some say that he ended up 60 miles from the North Pole. Peary was the only navigator on his team and he didn't submit his records for public review.

In 1959, he was 75 years old when on August 8th, Hawaii became the 50th state of the United States. The US flag was changed to show 50 stars.

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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