Ralph Waldo Harper

16 May 1913–3 October 1953 (Age 40)
Pendleton, West Virginia, United States

The Life of Ralph Waldo

When Ralph Waldo Harper was born on 16 May 1913, in Pendleton, West Virginia, United States, his father, Grant Harper, was 22 and his mother, Iola Marie Davis, was 20. He had at least 1 son with Sothoron Key Snouffer. He lived in Washington, District of Columbia, United States in 1935 and District 19, Prince George's, Maryland, United States in 1940. He died on 3 October 1953, in Hyattsville, Prince George's, Maryland, United States, at the age of 40, and was buried in Brentwood, Prince George's, Maryland, United States.

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Ralph Waldo Harper
Sothoron Key Snouffer
Alan Ralph Harper

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    Iola Marie Davis





    Kathryn Genevieve Harper


World Events (8)

1915 · Homemade Bomb Explosion

Age 2

On July 2, 1915 an angry, former Harvard professor, Erich Muenter, places a homemade bomb in the Senate Reception Room. He was upset about the private sales of US munitions to the allies during the war.
1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 3

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 14

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

Name Meaning

English, Scottish, and Irish: occupational name for a player on the harp, from an agent derivative of Middle English, Middle Dutch harp ‘harp’. The harper was one of the most important figures of a medieval baronial hall, especially in Scotland and northern England, and the office of harper was sometimes hereditary. The Scottish surname is probably an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Chruiteir ‘son of the harper’ (from Gaelic cruit ‘harp’, ‘stringed instrument’). This surname has long been present in Ireland.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Ralph W Harper in household of Grant Harper, "United States Census, 1920"
  • R Waldo Harper in household of Grant Harper, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Ralph Willi Harper, "United States Census, 1940"

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