Alexander Benton Ramsey

7 April 1886–8 January 1942 (Age 55)
Decatur, Iowa, United States

The Life of Alexander Benton

When Alexander Benton Ramsey was born on 7 April 1886, in Decatur, Iowa, United States, his father, Thomas Benton Ramsey, was 40 and his mother, Mary Alice Boles, was 32. He married Margaret Jane Simmerman on 7 January 1909, in Decatur, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons. He lived in Clarke, Iowa, United States in 1895 and Bloomington Township, Decatur, Iowa, United States in 1940. He died on 8 January 1942, in Long Creek Township, Decatur, Iowa, United States, at the age of 55.

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Alexander Benton Ramsey
Margaret Jane Simmerman
Marriage: 7 January 1909
Lloyd Anthony Ramsey
Thomas Harold Ramsey
Robert Aubrey Ramsey

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7 January 1909
Decatur, Iowa, United States


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World Events (8)

1890 · The Sherman Antitrust Act

Age 4

This Act tried to prevent the raising of prices by restricting trade. The purpose of the Act was to preserve a competitive marketplace to protect consumers from abuse.
1890 · Woman's Suffrage

Age 4

An organization formed in favor of women's suffrages. By combining the National Woman Suffrage Association and the American Woman Suffrage Association, the NAWSA eventually increased in membership up to two million people. It is still one of the largest voluntary organizations in the nation today and held a major role in passing the Nineteenth Amendment.
1901 · Assassination of Mckinley

Age 15

President William McKinley was shot at the Temple of Music, in the Pan-American Exposition, while shaking hands with the public. Leon Czolgosz shot him twice in the abdomen because he thought it was his duty to do so. McKinley died after eight days of watch and care. He was the third American president to be assassinated. After his death, Congress passed legislation to officially make the Secret Service and gave them responsibility for protecting the President at all times.

Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name from a place in Huntingdonshire (now part of Cambridgeshire), so called from Old English hramsa ‘wild garlic’ + ēg ‘island’, ‘low-lying land’. There are other places in England called Ramsey, but the one in Huntingdonshire is almost certainly the source of the surname. The usual spelling of the surname in Scotland is Ramsay .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Alex D Ramsey, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Alix B Ramsey, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Alexander B Ramsey, "United States Census, 1920"

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