William Osborn

October 1865–
Sterling, Whiteside, Illinois, United States

The Life of William

When William Osborn was born in October 1865, in Sterling, Whiteside, Illinois, United States, his father, Alonzo L. Osborn, was 32 and his mother, Jane Elizabeth Thompson, was 31. He lived in Iowa, Iowa, United States in 1895.

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Alonzo L. Osborn
Jane Elizabeth Thompson
Demeris Osborn
Henrietta Osborn
Ella Elvira Osborn
William Osborn
Milo Charles Osborn

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World Events (8)

1866 · The First Civil Rights Act

Age 1

The first federal law that defined what was citizenship and affirm that all citizens are equally protected by the law. Its main objective was to protect the civil rights of persons of African descent.
1867 · The Burtis Opera House

Age 2

The Burtis Opera House opened in Davenport and could easily hold an audience of 1,600. It was a widely used facility and Mark Twain filled the house when he spoke on tour in 1869. It was also used to house Susan B. Anthony when she lectured on the woman's right to vote. The Quad City Symphony Orchestra played its first concert as the new Tri-City Symphony in the Opera House. An arsonist set fire to the building on the evening of April 26, 1921, and the building was severely destroyed. The building was rebuilt but was no longer used as an opera house.
1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 31

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.

Name Meaning

English: variant spelling of Osborne .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • William S Osborn in household of Alonzo L Osborn, "Iowa State Census, 1895"
  • William Osborn in household of Alonso Osborn, "United States Census, 1900"
  • William Osborn in household of Alonzo Osborn, "United States Census, 1870"

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