Harry Melville Dunham

8 March 1920–15 January 1990 (Age 69)
Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States

The Life Summary of Harry Melville

When Harry Melville Dunham was born on 8 March 1920, in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States, his father, Col. Arthur Andrew Dunham, was 30 and his mother, Mary Ellen Wright, was 23. He lived in Basking Ridge, Bernards Township, Somerset, New Jersey, United States in 1969. He registered for military service in 1943. He died on 15 January 1990, in Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 69.

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Col. Arthur Andrew Dunham
Mary Ellen Wright
Harry Melville Dunham

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World Events (8)

1923 · The President Dies of a Heart Attack
Age 3
Warrant G. Harding died of a heart attack in the Palace hotel in San Francisco.
Age 13
"New Jersey was severely impacted by the Great Depression. In response to the economic woes of the country, President Franklin D Roosevelt issued a series of programs and regulations referred to as the ""New Deal"". One-tenth of the New Jersey population was already using New Deal programs by 1933."
Age 20
New Jersey contributed extensively to help the United States during World War II. Over 9% of all allied war-based construction contracts were handled in New Jersey, including aircraft carriers, battleships, destroyers, and other naval ships. In addition, almost 500,000 New Jersey residents enlisted in the war (roughly 10% of the state's population).

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the places called Dunham (Norfolk, Nottinghamshire, Cheshire). Most are named from Old English dūn ‘hill’ + hām ‘homestead’. A place in Lincolnshire now known as Dunholme appears in the Domesday Book as Duneham and this too serves as a source of the surname; here the first element is probably the Old English personal name Dunna. Dunham is often difficult to tell apart from Downham .History: John Dunham (1590–1668) was a Puritan linen weaver who came to Plymouth, MA, via Leiden, the Netherlands, in 1633. He had many prominent descendants.

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

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Sources (7)

  • Harry M Dunham in household of Arthur A Dunham, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Harry Melville Dunham, "Connecticut, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1940-1945"
  • Harry M Dunham, "United States Social Security Death Index"

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