Gerald Leon Smith

8 August 1936–17 May 1996 (Age 59)
Kansas City, Missouri

The Life of Gerald Leon

When Gerald Leon Smith was born on 8 August 1936, his father, Paul Okra Smith, was 31 and his mother, Alberta Evelyn Embry, was 21. He married Janice Mary Johnson on 14 February 1959, in Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He died on 17 May 1996, in Fargo, Cass, North Dakota, United States, at the age of 59.

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Gerald Leon Smith
Janice Mary Johnson
Marriage: 14 February 1959
Janell Kay Smith

Spouse and Children

14 February 1959
Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, United States


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    Rodney Kent Smith


World Events (8)

1937 · The Neutrality Act

Age 1

The Neutrality Acts were passed in response to the growing conflicts in Europe and Asia during the time leading up to World War II. The primary purpose was so the US wouldn't engage in any more foreign conflicts. Most of the Acts were repealed in 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.

Age 5

Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.
1955 · The Civil Rights Movement Begins

Age 19

The civil rights movement was a movement to enforce constitutional and legal rights for African Americans that the other Americans enjoyed. By using nonviolent campaigns, those involved secured new recognition in laws and federal protection of all Americans. Moderators worked with Congress to pass of several pieces of legislation that overturned discriminatory practices.

Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a worker in metal, from Middle English smith (Old English smið, probably a derivative of smītan ‘to strike, hammer’). Metalworking was one of the earliest occupations for which specialist skills were required, and its importance ensured that this term and its equivalents were perhaps the most widespread of all occupational surnames in Europe. Medieval smiths were important not only in making horseshoes, plowshares, and other domestic articles, but above all for their skill in forging swords, other weapons, and armor. This is the most frequent of all American surnames; it has also absorbed, by assimilation and translation, cognates and equivalents from many other languages (for forms, see Hanks and Hodges 1988 ).

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

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