Herman Hiram Kaplan

21 January 1891–1981 (Age 90)
Asheville, Buncombe, North Carolina, United States

The Life of Herman Hiram

When Herman Hiram Kaplan was born on 21 January 1891, his father, Elcon Kaplan, was 33 and his mother, Esther Myrtle Williams, was 28. He lived in Syracuse, Onondaga, New York, United States for about 10 years. He died in 1981, in Asheville, Buncombe, North Carolina, United States, at the age of 90, and was buried in Henderson, Wilkes, North Carolina, United States.

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Herman Hiram Kaplan
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World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 5

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.
1897 · First Bill for Women Suffrage

Age 6

In 1897, Senator J.L. Hyatt introduced the woman suffrage bill in North Carolina. The bill did not make it past the committee.
1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 25

Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.

Name Meaning

1 Jewish (Ashkenazic): surname used as a translation of Cohen , from German Kaplan or Polish kapłan ‘chaplain’, ‘curate’.2 German, Swedish, Czech, and Slovenian; Slovak Kaplán, Polish (Kapłan); Hungarian (Káplán): status name for a deacon, chaplain, or curate (ultimately from Late Latin capellanus ( see Chaplin 1), or a nickname for someone resembling a clergyman).3 Turkish: from kablan ‘tiger’, hence a nickname for someone thought to resemble a tiger, typically in having indomitable courage or spirit. In the form Kaplanis, this is also found as a Greek surname, with various patronymic and other derivatives (Kaplanidis, Kaplanoglou, Kaplanellis, etc.)

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

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Sources (3)

  • Herman Kaplan in household of Elquin Kaplan, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Herman H Kaplan, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Herman Kaplan, "United States Census, 1920"

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