Claude Elwood Shannon

Male30 April 1916–24 February 2001

Brief Life History of Claude Elwood

When Claude Elwood Shannon was born on 30 April 1916, in Petoskey, Emmet, Michigan, United States, his father, Claude E. Shannon, was 53 and his mother, Mabel Catherine E. Wolf, was 35. He married Norma Levor in 1940. He immigrated to New York City, New York, United States in 1950 and lived in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw, Michigan, United States in 1935 and Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States for about 61 years. He died on 24 February 2001, in Medford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 84, and was buried in Fairview Cemetery, Gaylord, Otsego, Michigan, United States.

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Claude Elwood Shannon
Mary Elizabeth Moore
Marriage: 27 March 1949

Sources (20)

  • Claude Shannan, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Claude Elwood Shannon - birth-name: Claude Elwood Shannon
  • Claude E. Shannon, "Find A Grave Index"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    27 March 1949
  • Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (2)

    World Events (8)


    Age 1

    U.S. intervenes in World War I, rejects membership of League of Nations.

    1917 · The Green Corn Rebellion

    Age 1

    A farmer’s revolt known as the Green Corn Rebellion resulted due to frustration toward landowners and local authorities. A small group of wealthy landowners obtained property by fraudulent means which forced many Oklahoma farmers into a tenancy in 1917. Many farmers joined the Working Class Union who became hostile toward county officials. Hundreds of men gathered on the farm of John Spears in Sasakwa where they planned to march to Washington to repeal the draft act and end the war. Their plan included eating green corn and beef along the way, which gave the rebellion its name. An informer alerted authorities and their effort was halted as several groups collided with the rebels, firing shots into the air. The men scattered, three were killed, over 400 were arrested, and 150 were convicted and received federal prison sentences.


    Age 25

    Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.

    Name Meaning


    shortened form of Shanahan .

    shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Seanáin ‘descendant of Seanán’, a personal name based on a pet form of seán ‘old’. This Irish surname became established in Scotland in the 14th century.

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

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