William George Benton

22 February 1922–21 August 2002 (Age 80)
San Diego, San Diego, California, United States

The Life of William George

When William George Benton was born on 22 February 1922, in San Diego, San Diego, California, United States, his father, Frank Albert Benton, was 41 and his mother, Anna Flenner, was 35. He died on 21 August 2002, in Lakeside, San Diego, California, United States, at the age of 80.

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Family Time Line

Frank Albert Benton
1880–1959
Anna Flenner
1886–1976
William George Benton
1922–2002
James Edward Benton
1924–1968
Betty Jean Benton
1927–2003

Parents and Siblings

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World Events (8)

1923 · The President Dies of a Heart Attack

Age 1

Warrant G. Harding died of a heart attack in the Palace hotel in San Francisco.
1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

Age 12

Alcatraz Island officially became Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary on August 11, 1934. The island is situated in the middle of frigid water and strong currents of the San Francisco Bay, which deemed it virtually inescapable. Alcatraz became known as the toughest prison in America and was seen as a “last resort prison.” Therefore, Alcatraz housed some of America’s most notorious prisoners such as Al Capone and Robert Franklin Stroud. Due to the exorbitant cost of running the prison, and the deterioration of the buildings due to salt spray, Alcatraz Island closed as a penitentiary on March 21, 1963. 
1944 · The G.I Bill

Age 22

The G.I. Bill was a law that provided a range of benefits for returning World War II veterans that were on active duty during the war and weren't dishonorably discharged. The goal was to provide rewards for all World War II veterans. The act avoided life insurance policy payouts because of political distress caused after the end of World War I. But the Benefits that were included were: Dedicated payments of tuition and living expenses to attend high school, college or vocational/technical school, low-cost mortgages, low-interest loans to start a business, as well as one year of unemployment compensation. By the mid-1950s, around 7.8 million veterans used the G.I. Bill education benefits.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a pair of villages in Northumbria named with Old English bēan ‘beans’ (a collective singular) or beonet ‘bent grass’ + tūn ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’. The name is now most frequent in the West Midlands, however, so it may be that a place of the same name in that area should be sought as its origin.

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

Sources (3)

  • William G Benton in household of Frank A Benton, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Bill Benton in household of Frank A Benton, "United States Census, 1930"
  • William George Benton, "California, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945"

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