William Elisha Sampson

21 November 1906–10 June 1974 (Age 67)
West Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, United States

The Life of William Elisha

When William Elisha Sampson was born on 21 November 1906, in West Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, United States, his father, Frederick A. Sampson, was 24 and his mother, Prudence Gertrude Reed, was 22. He married Cleda I Wells on 8 April 1935, in Memphis, Scotland, Missouri, United States. He lived in Washington Township, Keokuk, Iowa, United States in 1930 and Warren Township, Keokuk, Iowa, United States in 1940. He died on 10 June 1974, at the age of 67, and was buried in Tioga Cemetery, Rose Hill, Mahaska, Iowa, United States.

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William Elisha Sampson
Cleda I Wells
Marriage: 8 April 1935

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8 April 1935
Memphis, Scotland, Missouri, United States

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World Events (8)

1907 · Not for profit elections

Age 1

The first act prohibiting monetary contributions to political campaigns by major corporations.
1913 · The Completion of the Keokuk Dam

Age 7

The Keokuk Dam was completed in 1913 and began to power the surrounding area. It was the largest single capacity powerhouse in the world at the time. After World War II, the powerhouse was modernized and all the units were converted in 2002. It remains the largest privately owned and operated dam on the Mississippi River.
1926 · Iowa becomes a provider of food to the world

Age 20

Pioneer Hi-Bred International was the leader company experimenting with hybridization of corn and other seeds for agriculture in the world. It helped make different kinds of crop able to grow in harsh conditions so that other parts of the world would be able to farm and become self-sufficient. It was bought out by DuPont in 1999 and has continued to help struggling countries around the world.

Name Meaning

A Greek form of the scriptural name, which has been translated from "shémesh," the sun, as "illustrious sun," "splendid sun" (great joy and happiness), "solar, like the sun," and "one who resembles the sun"

Sources (3)

  • William E Sampson, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Elisha W Sampson in household of Fred A Sampson, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Wm E Sampson in household of Fred A Sampson, "United States Census, 1930"

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