William Joseph Silva

26 October 1913–13 December 1996 (Age 83)
Berkeley, Alameda, California, United States

The Life of William Joseph

When William Joseph Silva was born on 26 October 1913, in Berkeley, Alameda, California, United States, his father, Jose P (Pedroso) Mendonca, was 32 and his mother, Maria Genevieve Borba, was 24. He had at least 1 daughter with Florence Olivia Borba. He died on 13 December 1996, in Concord, Contra Costa, California, United States, at the age of 83, and was buried in Lafayette, Contra Costa, California, United States.

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William Joseph Silva
1913–1996
Florence Olivia Borba
1915–2015
Susanna Lee Silva
1944–1944

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World Events (8)

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.
1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

Age 21

Alcatraz Island officially became Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary on August 11, 1934. The island is situated in the middle of frigid water and strong currents of the San Francisco Bay, which deemed it virtually inescapable. Alcatraz became known as the toughest prison in America and was seen as a “last resort prison.” Therefore, Alcatraz housed some of America’s most notorious prisoners such as Al Capone and Robert Franklin Stroud. Due to the exorbitant cost of running the prison, and the deterioration of the buildings due to salt spray, Alcatraz Island closed as a penitentiary on March 21, 1963. 
1935 · The FBI is Established

Age 22

The Bureau of Investigation's name was changed to the Federal Bureau of Investigation to help citizens know that the Government is helping protect from threats both domestically and abroad.

Name Meaning

Portuguese, Galician, and Jewish (Sephardic): habitational name from any of the many places called Silva, or a topographic name from silva ‘thicket’, ‘bramble’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • William J Silva, "United States Social Security Death Index"
  • William Joseph Silva, "California Death Index, 1940-1997"
  • William J Silva, "California Birth Index, 1905-1995"

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