Edwin Hamilton Compton

11 December 1914–21 May 1985 (Age 70)
Concord, Contra Costa, California, United States

The Life of Edwin Hamilton

When Edwin Hamilton Compton was born on 11 December 1914, in Concord, Contra Costa, California, United States, his father, Samuel Murchison Compton, was 37 and his mother, Josie Nevada Hamilton, was 26. He lived in Nicolaus, Sutter, California, United States for about 10 years. He died on 21 May 1985, at the age of 70, and was buried in Sierra Hills Memorial Park, Sacramento, Sacramento, California, United States.

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Samuel Murchison Compton
Josie Nevada Hamilton
Winifred Elaine Compton
Milton Samuel Compton
Alice Marie Compton
Edwin Hamilton Compton
Joseph Benjamin Compton
Harry Richard Compton

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World Events (8)

1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 2

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.

Age 3

U.S. intervenes in World War I, rejects membership of League of Nations.
1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

Age 20

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. 

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the numerous places throughout England (but especially in the south) named Compton, from Old English cumb ‘short, straight valley’ + tūn ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Edmond Compton in household of Samuel Compton, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Edwin H Compton in household of Samuel M Compton, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Edwin Hamilton Compton, "California, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1940-1945"

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