William Herschel Cunningham

Male24 July 1905–10 August 1981

Brief Life History of William Herschel

When William Herschel Cunningham was born on 24 July 1905, in Indiana, United States, his father, John Edward Cunningham, was 30 and his mother, Ida May Whitaker, was 25. He lived in Washington Township, Morgan, Indiana, United States in 1910 and Oak Township, Smith, Kansas, United States in 1920. He died on 10 August 1981, in Smith, Kansas, United States, at the age of 76, and was buried in Fairview Cemetery, Smith Center, Smith, Kansas, United States.

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John Edward Cunningham
Ida May Whitaker
Lelia Cunningham
Glenn Cunningham
Earnest G Cunningham
Margaret Mayme Cunningham
William Herschel Cunningham
Anna Cunningham
Joseph W Cunningham

Sources (5)

  • Herschel Cunningham in household of John E Cunningham, "United States Census, 1910"
  • William Cunningham, "United States Social Security Death Index"
  • William H Cunningham in household of John E Cunningham, "Kansas State Census, 1925"

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World Events (8)

1906 · Saving Food Labels

Age 1

The first of many consumer protection laws which ban foreign and interstate traffic in mislabeled food and drugs. It requires that ingredients be placed on the label.

1906 · Gary, Indiana, Is Founded

Age 1

The town of Gary, Indiana, was founded by the United States Steel Corporation in 1906. The Gary Works steel mill was the largest integrated mill in North America. The city of Gary was named after Elbert Henry Gary who was the founding chairman of the United States Steel Corporation and American lawyer and county judge. Gary partnered with J.P. Morgan, Andrew Carnegie, and Charles M. Schwab to found the United States Steel Corporation.


Age 22

Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.

Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name from the province of Cunningham in Ayrshire, first recorded in 1153 in the form Cunegan, a Celtic name of uncertain origin. The spellings in -ham, first recorded in 1180, and in -ynghame, first recorded in 1227, represent a gradual assimilation to the English placename element -ingham.

Irish: surname adopted from Gaelic Ó Cuinneagáin ‘descendant of Cuinneagán’, a personal name from a double diminutive of the Old Irish personal name Conn meaning ‘leader, chief’. This name is also adopted for Ó Connacháin, a variant of Ó Connagáin ‘descendant of Connagán’, from a diminutive of the personal name Conn.

History: A family of this name (see 1 above) can be traced back to Wernebald de Cunynghame, who was granted the manor of Cunningham by Hugh de Morville in the early 12th century.

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

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