William Howard Preece

15 April 1853–26 December 1879 (Age 26)
Lee, Iowa, United States

The Life Summary of William Howard

When William Howard Preece was born on 15 April 1853, in Lee, Iowa, United States, his father, William Preece, was 40 and his mother, Luvera Ellen Ensign, was 26. He died on 26 December 1879, in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States, at the age of 26.

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William Preece
Luvera Ellen Ensign
John Preece
Laura Ann Preece
Priscilla Ellen Preece
William Howard Preece
Mary Elizabeth Preece
Edward Marcellas Preece

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World Events (7)

1857 · The State Capital moves to Des Moines
Age 4
The Capitol was located in Iowa City until the 1st General Assembly of Iowa recognized that the Capitol should be moved farther west than Iowa City. Land was found two miles from the Des Moines River to start construction of the new building. Today the Capitol building still stands on its original plot.
Age 10
Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1867 · The Burtis Opera House
Age 14
The Burtis Opera House opened in Davenport and could easily hold an audience of 1,600. It was a widely used facility and Mark Twain filled the house when he spoke on tour in 1869. It was also used to house Susan B. Anthony when she lectured on the woman's right to vote. The Quad City Symphony Orchestra played its first concert as the new Tri-City Symphony in the Opera House. An arsonist set fire to the building on the evening of April 26, 1921, and the building was severely destroyed. The building was rebuilt but was no longer used as an opera house.

Name Meaning

Welsh (especially Herefordshire):Anglicized form of the patronymic ap Rhys, also spelled ap Res ‘son of Rhys’. Preece is interchangeable with Price , the more common pronunciation of the name.habitational name either from Prees in Shropshire or Preese in Lancashire. Both placenames derive from Proto-Welsh prês ‘brushwood, copse, grove’ (Welsh prys). Confusion between this name and 1 is likely.

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

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Sources (4)

  • Legacy NFS Source: William Howard Preece - Published information: birth-name: William Howard Preece
  • William Howard Preece, "Utah Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel Database, 1847-1868"
  • William Howard Preece in the Membership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter

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