Washington Irving Breese

Brief Life History of Washington Irving

When Washington Irving Breese was born on 28 January 1875, in Readington, Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States, his father, Henry Van Fleet Breese, was 35 and his mother, Sarah P. Eick, was 22. He married Norica Elnora Niles on 27 December 1899, in Readington, Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. He lived in Linden, Union, New Jersey, United States in 1920. He registered for military service in 1899. He died on 27 January 1922, in Elizabethtown, Essex, New Jersey, British Colonial America, at the age of 46, and was buried in Union Cemetery, Lebanon, Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States.

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Washington Irving Breese
Norica Elnora Niles
Marriage: 27 December 1899
Helen Nonica Gladys Breese
Florence Ida Breese
Ruth Billie Breese

Sources (11)

  • Washington I Breese, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Irving W Brisce, "New Jersey, Marriages, 1670-1980"
  • Washington Irving Breese, "United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918"

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1876 · The First Worlds Fair in the U.S.

The First official World's Fair, was held to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia. 37 Countries provided venues for all to see.


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1890 · The Sherman Antitrust Act

This Act tried to prevent the raising of prices by restricting trade. The purpose of the Act was to preserve a competitive marketplace to protect consumers from abuse.

Name Meaning

English (Montgomeryshire; also Norfolk): nickname for an irritating person, from Middle English brese ‘gadfly’ (Old English brēosa). See also Breeze , compare Breece .

German: habitational name from any of numerous places called Breese or Breesen, in Mecklenburg, Wendland (near Hanover), Brandenburg, and Pomerania. In some cases the placename is derived from a Slavic word meaning ‘birch’ (brěza in Old Slavic).

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

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