Day in History 17 January – Louis Comfort Tiffany – Barbara Jordan

Louis_Comfort_Tiffany_c__1908On this day in 1933, artist and designer Louis Comfort Tiffany died in New York City at the age of 84.  Born on 18 February 1848 in New York City, the son of Charles Lewis Tiffany, founder of Tiffany and Company; and Harriet Olivia Avery Young.  Tiffany worked in the decorative arts and is best known for his work in stained glass.  He is the American artist most associated with the Art Nouveau and Aesthetic movements.  Tiffany was affiliated with a prestigious collaborative of designers known as the Associated Artists.  Tiffany designed stained glass windows and lamps, glass mosaics, blown glass, ceramics, jewelry, enamels and metalwork.  Tiffany married twice: Mary Woodbridge Goddard (1872 – 1884 her death) and Louise Wakeman Knox (1886 – 1904 her death).  louiscomforttiffanyChapel-at-Green-WoodThe Final Footprint – Tiffany is interred in Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn.  Other notable final footprints at Green-Wood include; Albert Anastasia, Jean-Michel BasquiatLeonard Bernstein, Lorenzo da Ponte, and Charles Ebbets.



Barbara_Jordan-221x300On this day in 1996, 15 years ago, U.S. Congresswoman, Texas Senator, Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, Barbara Jordan, died in Austin, Texas.  Born Barbara Charline Jordan on 21 February 1936 in Houston, Texas.  She was the first African-American elected to the Texas Senate after reconstruction and the first Southern black woman ever elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.  Jordan was mentioned as a possible running mate to Jimmy Carter in 1976.  That year, she became the first African-American woman to deliver the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention.  Jordan retired from politics in 1979 and became an adjunct professor teaching ethics at the University of Texas at Austin Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.  The Final Footprint – Jordan is interred in the Texas State Cemetery in Austin becoming the first African-American woman interred there.  Her grave is marked by a large granite upright column monument and a full ledger granite marker.  At the top of the column the word, PATRIOT, is engraved and the ledger is engraved in part; WE THE PEOPLE SALUTE YOU.  Upon her death, Jordan lay in state at the LBJ Library on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin.  The main terminal at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is named after her.  On April 24, 2009, a Barbara Jordan statue was unveiled at the University of Texas at Austin.  Other notable final footprints at Texas State Cemetery include; Stephen F. Austin, John B. Connally, Nellie Connally, J. Frank Dobie, Tom Landry (cenotaph), James A. Michener (cenotaph), Ann Richards, Edwin “Bud” Shrake, Big Foot Wallace, and Walter Prescott Webb.

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