Today’s Notable U. S. Events
Memorable U. S. Birthday
John Tyler – 10th President of the United States
John Tyler, Jr. (March 29, 1790 – January 18, 1862) was the tenth President of the United States (1841–1845) and the first ever to obtain that office via succession. A long-time Democrat-Republican, Tyler was nonetheless elected Vice President on the Whig ticket. He became President upon the death of President William Henry Harrison on April 4, 1841, only a month after his inauguration. It was not until 1967 that Tyler’s action of assuming full powers of the presidency was legally codified in the Twenty-fifth Amendment.
Memorable U. S. Event
West Coast Hotel Co. v. Parrish
West Coast Hotel Co. v. Parrish, 300 U.S. 379 (1937), was a decision, handed down March 29, 1937 by the United States Supreme Court, upholding the constitutionality of minimum wage legislation enacted by the State of Washington, overturning an earlier decision in Adkins v. Children’s Hospital, 261 U.S. 525 (1923). The decision is usually regarded as having ended the Lochner era, a period in American legal history during which the Supreme Court tended to invalidate legislation aimed at regulating business.
This Supreme Court case is one that has a special connection to me. Elsie Parrish, upon whom this case was decided, was my Great Aunt, the younger sister of my Paternal Grandfather. A few years ago I was contacted by some people from the Wenatchee, WA Museum who were trying to find out more about Elsie so that they could honor her as an important historical figure in Wenatchee history. Amazing as it might seem I didn’t know that this important event had taken place within my extended family. In fact, in asking around, I couldn’t find anyone in my family with prior knowledge of Elsie’s important contribution to U. S. legal precedent. It just goes to show how quickly family history can disappear. I am working up a post about Elsie that I will publish soon but, for now, I thought it would be good to honor the event.
World War Cycle – Depression / World War II Era – Fourth Turning, Crisis (1930-1944)