Walter Bedell Smith

5 October 1895–9 August 1961 (Age 65)
Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana, United States

The Life Summary of Walter Bedell

When Walter Bedell Smith was born on 5 October 1895, in Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana, United States, his father, William Long Smith, was 26 and his mother, Ida Frances Bedell, was 22. He married Mary Eleanor Cline on 14 July 1913, in Louisville, Jefferson, Kentucky, United States. He lived in Fort Leavenworth, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States in 1935 and Police Precinct 8, Washington D.C., United States in 1940. He registered for military service in 1939. He died on 9 August 1961, in Washington D.C., United States, at the age of 65, and was buried in Arlington, Virginia, United States.

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Walter Bedell Smith
Mary Eleanor Cline
Marriage: 14 July 1913

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    14 July 1913Louisville, Jefferson, Kentucky, United States
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    World Events (8)

    1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson
    Age 1
    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.
    1906 · Gary, Indiana, Is Founded
    Age 11
    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.
    1913 · The Sixteenth Amendment
    Age 18
    The Sixteenth Amendment allows Congress to collect an income tax without dividing it among the states based on population.

    Name Meaning

    English and Scottish: occupational name denoting a worker in metal, especially iron, such as a blacksmith or farrier, from Middle English smith ‘smith’ (Old English smith, probably a derivative of smītan ‘to strike, hammer’). Early examples are also found in the Latin form Faber . Metal-working was one of the earliest occupations for which specialist skills were required, and its importance ensured that this term and its equivalents in other languages were the most widespread of all occupational surnames in Europe. Medieval smiths were important not only in making horseshoes, plowshares, and other domestic articles, but above all for their skill in forging swords, other weapons, and armor. This is also the most frequent of all surnames in the US. It is very common among African Americans and Native Americans (see also 5 below). This surname (in any of the two possible English senses; see also below) is also found in Haiti. See also Smither .English: from Middle English smithe ‘smithy, forge’ (Old English smiththe). The surname may be topographic, for someone who lived in or by a blacksmith's shop, occupational, for someone who worked in one, or habitational, from a place so named, such as Smitha in King's Nympton (Devon). Compare Smithey .Irish and Scottish: sometimes adopted for Gaelic Mac Gobhann, Irish Mac Gabhann ‘son of the smith’. See McGowan .

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

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    Sources (12)

    • Walter R Smith in household of William D Smith, "United States Census, 1900"
    • W. Bedell Smith, "Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954"
    • Walter Bedell Smith, "United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918"

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