United States of America in History (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 1,692

  • 1775-01-11 Francis Salvador becomes 1st Jew elected to office in America (SC)
  • 1775-01-25 Americans drag cannon up hill to fight British (Gun Hill Road, Bronx)
  • 1775-04-19 American Revolution begins - Lexington Common, shot "heard round the world"
  • 1775-05-10 Green Mountain Boys capture Fort Ticonderoga NY-American Revolution
  • 1775-05-17 American Revolutionary War: the Continental Congress bans trade with Canada.
  • 1775-06-14 US Army first forms as the Continental Army to fight American Revolutionary War

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1775-06-15 George Washington appointed commander-in-chief of the American Army

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington

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1775-07-26 US Continental Congress creates United States Post Office (U.S.P.O.) in Philadelphia under Benjamin Franklin

United States Founding Father Benjamin Franklin
United States Founding Father
Benjamin Franklin

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1775-09-25 American Revolutionary War hero Ethan Allen captured

American Revolutionary War Patriot Ethan Allen
American Revolutionary War Patriot
Ethan Allen

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1775-10-18 African-American poet Phillis Wheatley freed from slavery.

  • 1775-11-13 American Revolutionary forces capture Montreal
  • 1775-12-31 Battle of Quebec in American Revolutionary War; Americans defeated trying to take British stronghold

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1776-01-10 "Common Sense" Pamphlet by Thomas Paine, published advocating American independence

Voice of the American Revolution Thomas Paine
Voice of the American Revolution
Thomas Paine
  • 1776-03-02 Americans begin shelling British troops in Boston
  • 1776-03-03 American commodore Esek Hopkins occupies Nassau, Bahamas
  • 1776-03-04 The American War of Independence: The Americans capture Dorchester Heights dominating the port of Boston, Massachusetts.
  • 1776-05-02 France & Spain agreed to give weapons to American rebels

AgreementUnited States Declaration of Independence

1776-07-06 American Declaration of Independence announced on front page of "PA Evening Gazette"

  • 1776-08-10 American Revolutionary War: word of the United States Declaration of Independence reaches London.
  • 1776-08-27 British defeat Americans in Battle of Long Island
  • 1776-08-29 Americans withdraw from Manhattan to Westchester
  • 1776-09-09 Congress officially renames the country as the United States of America (Was the United Colonies)

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1776-09-21 Nathan Hale, spied on British for American rebels, arrested

US Patriot and Soldier Nathan Hale
US Patriot and Soldier
Nathan Hale
  • 1776-10-26 Benjamin Franklin departs for France on a mission to seek French support for the American Revolution
  • 1776-11-16 1st gun salute for an American warship in a foreign port - US Andrew Doria at Fort St Eustatius (Dutch Caribbean isalnd)
  • 1776-11-16 British troops capture Fort Washington during American Revolution
  • 1776-12-19 Thomas Paine published his 1st "American Crisis" essay, in which he wrote, "These are the times that try men's souls"
  • 1776-12-26 George Washington defeats Hessians at Battle of Trenton in American Revolutionary War
  • 1777-03-08 Regiments from Ansbach and Bayreuth, sent to support Great Britain in the American Revolutionary War, mutiny in the town of Ochsenfurt.
  • 1777-07-06 British Gen Burgoyne captures Fort Ticonderoga from Americans
  • 1777-07-07 American Revolutionary War: Battle of Hubbardton
  • 1777-08-16 Americans defeat British in Battle of Bennington, Vt
  • 1777-08-28 American Revolutionary War - Battle of Cooch's Bridge takes place near Newark, Delaware.
  • 1777-09-03 Flag of the United States flown in battle for the 1st time at Cooch's Bridge, Delaware, a skirmish during American Revolutionary War
  • 1777-09-11 Battle of Brandywine, Pa; Americans lose to British
  • 1777-09-20 Battle of Paoli; British forces under Major General Charles Grey attacks Brigadier General Anthony Wayne's encampment. Claims the British gave no quarter leads to engagement becoming known as the "Paoli Massacre"
  • 1777-09-27 British General William Howe occupies Philadelphia during American Revolution
  • 1777-10-07 Americans beat British in 2nd Battle of Saratoga & Battle of Bemis Heights
  • 1777-12-17 France recognizes independence of British colonies in America
  • 1778-01-20 1st American military court martial trial begins, Cambridge, Mass
  • 1778-05-01 American Revolution: The Battle of Crooked Billet begins in Hatboro, Pennsylvania.
  • 1778-06-28 Mary Ludwig Hayes "Molly Pitcher" aids American patriots
  • 1778-07-10 American Revolution: Louis XVI of France declares war on the Kingdom of Great Britain
  • 1778-09-04 City of Amsterdam signs trade agreement with American rebels
  • 1778-09-19 The Continental Congress passes the first budget of the United States.
  • 1779-07-15 American troops under Gen A Wayne conquer Ft Stony Point, NY

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1779-09-28 American Revolution: Samuel Huntington is elected President of the Continental Congress, succeeding John Jay.

Ist US Chief Justice John Jay
Ist US Chief Justice
John Jay
  • 1780-01-15 American Continental Congress establishes court of appeals

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1780-05-04 American Academy of Arts & Science founded in Boston, James Bowdoin, John and Samuel Adams founding members

US Revolutionary Samuel Adams
US Revolutionary
Samuel Adams
  • 1780-06-23 American Revolution: Battle of Springfield fought in and around Springfield, New Jersey (including Short Hills, formerly of Springfield, now of Millburn Township.
  • 1780-08-16 British decisively defeat Americans in Battle of Camden, SC
  • 1780-10-07 British defeated by American militia near Kings Mountain, SC
  • 1780-10-16 Royalton, Vermont and Tunbridge, Vermont last major raid of the American Revolutionary War.
  • 1780-11-05 French-American force under Colonel LaBalme is defeated by Miami Chief Little Turtle.
  • 1781-04-29 French fleet occupies Tobago during American War of Independence
  • 1781-08-30 French fleet of 24 ships under Comte de Grasse defeat British under Admiral Graves at battle of Chesapeake Capes in American Revolutionary War
  • 1781-09-28 9,000 American and 7,000 French troops begin siege of Yorktown
  • 1781-10-06 Americans & French begin siege of Cornwallis at Yorktown; last battle of American Revolutionary War

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1782-04-19 John Adams secures Dutch Republic's recognition of the United States as an independent government and house he purchased in The Hague, Netherlands became first American embassy.

2nd US President John Adams
2nd US President
John Adams
  • 1782-06-20 Congress approves Great Seal of the United States of America & the bald eagle as its symbol
  • 1782-07-01 American privateers attack Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.
  • 1783-04-11 Hostilities formally cease in the American Revolutionary War
  • 1783-04-18 Fighting ceases in the American Revolution, eight years to the day since it began.

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1783-05-02 Architect Pierre Charles L'Enfant is promoted by brevet to Major of Engineers in recognition of his service to American liberty

Washington D.C. Architect Pierre Charles L'Enfant
Washington D.C. Architect
Pierre Charles L'Enfant
  • 1783-05-18 First United Empire Loyalists reach Parrtown, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada after leaving the United States.
  • 1783-09-03 Treaty of Paris signed in Paris ends the American Revolutionary War between Great Britain and United States of America
  • 1783-11-02 General George Washington, later 1st US President, bids farewell to his army after the American Revolutionary War
  • 1783-11-25 Britain evacuates New York city, its last military position in United States
  • 1784-01-26 Benjamin Franklin expresses unhappiness over eagle as America's symbol
  • 1784-09-21 1st daily newspaper in America (Pennsylvania Packet & General Advertiser)
  • 1784-11-26 Catholic Apostolic Prefecture of the United States established.
  • 1785-11-28 The Treaty of Hopewell is signed between the Confederation Congress of the United States of America and the Cherokee people
  • 1786-09-24 African American slave and poet Jupiter Hammon makes his "Address to the Negroes of the State of New York" speech advocating emancipation at meeting of African Society in NY
  • 1786-11-07 The oldest musical organization in the United States is founded as the Stoughton Musical Society.
  • 1787-04-16 1st American comedy, "The Contrast," made its debut in NYC
  • 1787-05-06 1st African American Masonic Lodge (African # 459) forms Prince Hall, Boston
  • 1787-06-20 Oliver Ellsworth moves at the Federal Convention to call the government the United States.

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1787-09-12 American statesman George Mason suggests the addition of a Bill of Rights to the Constitution modeled on previous state declarations, but the motion is defeated

American Statesman George Mason
American Statesman
George Mason
  • 1787-10-26 "Federalist Papers" published, calls for ratification of United States' Constitution
  • 1789-01-21 1st American novel, WH Brown's "Power of Sympathy" is published
  • 1789-04-30 George Washington is inaugurated as the first President of the United States of America
  • 1789-06-09 Spanish capture British schooner Northwest America near Vancouver Island
  • 1789-10-02 George Washington transmits the proposed Constitutional amendments (The United States Bill of Rights) to the States for ratification
  • 1789-11-06 Pope Pius VI appoints Father John Carroll as the first Catholic bishop in the United States.
  • 1790-03-13 John Martin, 1st American-born actor, performs in Philadelphia
  • 1790-08-09 Robert Gray's Columbia Rediviva returns to Boston after 3 year journey, 1st American ship to circumnavigate the Globe

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1791-08-19 Benjamin Banneker sends a copy of his Almanac and writes a letter to Thomas Jefferson criticizing his pro-slavery stance and requesting justice for African Americans using language from the Declaration of Independence

Mathematician, Astronomer and Almanac Author Benjamin Banneker
Mathematician, Astronomer and Almanac Author
Benjamin Banneker
3rd US President Thomas Jefferson
3rd US President
Thomas Jefferson
  • 1792-04-02 The Coinage Act is passed establishing the United States Mint and authorizing the $10 Eagle, $5 half-Eagle & 2.50 quarter-Eagle gold coins & silver dollar, ½ dollar, quarter, dime & half-dime
  • 1793-06-11 1st American stove patent is granted to Robert Haeterick
  • 1793-07-22 Alexander Mackenzie reaches the Pacific Ocean, becoming the first Euro-American to complete a transcontinental crossing of Canada.

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1793-12-09 Noah Webster establishes New York's 1st daily newspaper, the "American Minerva"

Lexicographer Noah Webster
Lexicographer
Noah Webster
  • 1794-03-27 The United States Government establishes a permanent navy and authorizes the building of six frigates.
  • 1794-06-04 Congress passes Neutrality Act, bans Americans from serving in armed forces of foreign powers
  • 1796-11-03 John Adams elected president of the United States of America
  • 1797-01-30 US Congress refuses to accept 1st petition from African American
  • 1797-04-17 Sir Ralph Abercromby attacks San Juan, Puerto Rico, in what would be one of the largest invasions of Spanish territories in America.
  • 1797-05-10 1st US Navy ship, the "United States," is launched
  • 1800-01-02 Free African American community of Philadelphia petitions US Congress to abolish the slave trade
  • 1800-01-30 US population: 5,308,483; African American population 1,002,037 (18.9%)
  • 1801-05-10 First Barbary War: The Barbary pirates of Tripoli declare war on the United States of America (1st US foreign war)

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 10,228

  • 1750-05-02 John André, British Army officer of the American Revolutionary War (d. 1780)
  • 1750-05-08 Elias Mann, American composer, born in Weymouth, Massachusetts (d. 1825)
  • 1750-07-25 Henry Knox, American general (d. 1806)

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1752-01-01 Betsy Ross [Elizabeth Griscom], American seamstress widely credited with making the first American flag, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1836)

Seamstress Credited with Creating the First American Flag Betsy Ross
Seamstress Credited with Creating the First American Flag
Betsy Ross
  • 1752-01-02 Philip Freneau, poet of American Revolution (The American Village)
  • 1752-01-19 James Morris III, American army officer (d. 1820)
  • 1752-01-31 Gouverneur Morris, American lawmaker and diplomat (d. 1816)
  • 1752-05-14 Timothy Dwight, American theologian (d. 1817)
  • 1752-07-27 Samuel Smith, American politician
  • 1752-11-29 Jemima Wilkinson, American preacher (d. 1819)

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1753-05-08 Phillis Wheatley, American poet who was both the second published African-American poet and first published African-American woman, born in West Africa (d. 1784)

  • 1753-05-24 Oliver Cromwell, decorated African American soldier who served with Washington in US War of Independence, born in Burlington, New Jersey
  • 1754-01-24 Andrew Ellicott, American surveyor (d. 1820)
  • 1754-01-30 John Lansing, Jr., American statesman (d. 1829)
  • 1754-05-20 Hans Gram, Danish-born American composer (d. 1804)

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1754-08-02 Pierre Charles L'Enfant, French-born American architect who laid out Washington, D.C., born in Paris, France (d. 1825)

Washington D.C. Architect Pierre Charles L'Enfant
Washington D.C. Architect
Pierre Charles L'Enfant

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1755-01-11 Alexander Hamilton, US Founding Father and 1st United States Secretary of the Treasury (1789-95), born in Charlestown, Nevis, West Indies (d. 1804)

1st US Secretary of Treasury Alexander Hamilton
1st US Secretary of Treasury
Alexander Hamilton
  • 1755-05-21 Alfred Moore, American judge (d. 1810)
  • 1755-09-09 Benjamin Bourne, American politician (d. 1808)

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1755-09-24 John Marshall, 4th Chief Justice of the United States (1801-35), born in Germantown, Virginia (d. 1835)

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States John Marshall
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
John Marshall
  • 1756-01-29 Henry "Light Horse Harry" Lee III, Congressman, Governor of Virginia and American General
  • 1757-09-06 Marquis de Lafayette, American patriot, French revolutionary
  • 1758-09-10 Hannah Webster Foster, American author (d. 1840)
  • 1759-01-17 Paul Cuffe, Mass, merchant/shipbuilder/African American nationalist
  • 1759-06-21 Alexander J. Dallas, American statesman and financier (d. 1817)
  • 1759-11-13 Timothy Olmstead, early American composer (d. 1848)
  • 1760-01-03 John Storm, American Revolutionary soldier (d. 1835)
  • 1760-02-14 Richard Allen, 1st African American ordained by Methodist-Episcopal church, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1760-12-02 John Breckinridge, American politician (d. 1806)
  • 1762-10-23 Samuel Morey, American inventor (d. 1843)
  • 1763-02-01 Thomas Campbell, founder (Church of Disciples in America)
  • 1763-07-22 James Geddes, American Engineer (Erie Canal), born in Carlisle Pennsylvania (d. 1838)
  • 1763-10-27 William Maclure, Ayr, Scottish-American Geologist (first geological map)
  • 1764-05-26 Edward Livingston, American jurist and statesman (d. 1836)
  • 1766-07-09 Jacob Perkins, Newburyport Massachusetts, American Inventor

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1767-07-11 John Quincy Adams, 6th President of the United States (D) (1825-1829), born in Braintree, Massachusetts (d. 1848)

6th US President John Quincy Adams
6th US President
John Quincy Adams
  • 1768-06-09 Samuel Slater, American industrialist (d. 1835)
  • 1769-10-07 Solomon Sibley, American politician (d. 1846)
  • 1770-06-20 Moses Waddel, American educator/minister and bestselling author (d. 1840)

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1770-08-01 William Clark, American explorer, soldier, Indian agent and territorial governor who lead the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804-06 and claimed the Pacific Northwest for the United States, born in Ladysmith, Virginia (d. 1838)

Explorer and Leader of Lewis and Clark Expedition William Clark
Explorer and Leader of Lewis and Clark Expedition
William Clark
  • 1771-01-17 Charles Brockden Brown, father of American novel (Wieland)

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1773-02-09 William Henry Harrison, 9th President of the United States (Whig: March 4-April 4, 1841), born in Charles City, Virginia (d. 1841)

9th US President William Henry Harrison
9th US President
William Henry Harrison
  • 1774-05-07 William Bainbridge, American Commodore (d. 1833)

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1774-08-28 Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton, 1st American Catholic saint (1975), born in New York City (d. 1821)

1st American-born Saint Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton
1st American-born Saint
Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton
  • 1775-12-14 Philander Chase, American founder of Kenyon College (d. 1852)

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1777-04-12 Henry Clay, American politician known as "the Great Compromiser", born in Hanover County, Virginia (d. 1852)

Legislator and Orator Henry Clay
Legislator and Orator
Henry Clay
  • 1777-06-12 Robert Clark, American politician (d. 1837)
  • 1779-03-02 Joel Roberts Poinsett, American statesman and botanist (d. 1851)
  • 1779-08-01 Francis Scott Key, American lawyer, poet and composer of the lyrics to "Star-Spangled Banner", born in Carroll County, Maryland (d. 1843)
  • 1779-08-22 James Kirke Paulding, American author (d. 1860)
  • 1780-02-19 Richard McCarty, American politician (d. 1844)
  • 1780-09-25 Jason Fairbanks, American murderer (d. 1801)
  • 1781-03-04 Rebecca Gratz, American educator and philanthropist (d. 1869)
  • 1781-11-29 Andres Bello, Venezuela poet/diplomat/scholar (Silvas Americanas)
  • 1782-06-19 John Bray, English-born American actor and composer (The Indian Princess), (d. 1822)
  • 1783-02-11 Jarena Lee, African American travelling minister

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1783-04-03 Washington Irving, American writer (Legend of Sleepy Hollow), born in NYC, New York

  • 1783-12-12 Ner Alexander Middleswarth, American politician (d. 1865)
  • 1784-04-29 Samuel Turell Armstrong, American politician and acting Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1850)

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1785-04-26 John James Audubon, American bird watcher and artist, born in Les Cayes, Haiti (d. 1851)

Ornithologist John James Audubon
Ornithologist
John James Audubon
  • 1785-07-14 Mordecai Manuel Noah, American writer, journalist (d. 1851)
  • 1785-08-19 Seth Thomas, American pioneer in mass production of clocks
  • 1786-04-15 Walter Channing, American physician who was the first to use anesthesia during childbirth, born in Newport, Rhode Island (d. 1876)
  • 1786-09-10 William Mason, American politician (d. 1860)
  • 1786-10-11 Stevenson Archer, American Congressman (d. 1848)
  • 1786-12-12 William L. Marcy, American statesman (d. 1857)
  • 1787-04-19 Deaf Smith, American frontiersman and revolutionary (d. 1837)
  • 1787-06-27 Thomas Say, USA, American naturalist and father of descriptive entomology, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1789-06-15 Josiah Henson, American slave and settlement founder (d. 1883)

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1789-09-15 James Fenimore Cooper, 1st major American novelist (Last of Mohicans), born in Burlington, New Jersey

  • 1789-10-08 John Ruggles, American politician (d. 1874)
  • 1790-10-23 Chauncey Allen Goodrich, American clergyman (d. 1860)

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1791-04-27 Samuel Morse, American inventor (telegraph, Morse code) and painter, born in Charlestown, Massachusetts (d. 1872)

Inventor Samuel Morse
Inventor
Samuel Morse
  • 1791-06-09 John Howard Payne, American actor, playwright (Fair Warning), author and creator of the hit song "Home! Sweet Home!", born in NYC, New York (d. 1852)
  • 1792-10-03 Francisco Morazán, Central American statesman
  • 1793-01-06 James Madison Porter, American politician (d. 1862)
  • 1793-01-14 John C. Clark, American politician (d. 1852)

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1793-03-02 Sam Houston, American politician (brought Texas into the United States), born in Rockbridge County, Virginia

Texan Revolutionary Sam Houston
Texan Revolutionary
Sam Houston
  • 1793-03-28 Henry Schoolcraft, American geographer and geologist (d. 1864)
  • 1794-03-31 Thompson McKennan, American politician who served as the 2nd United States Secretary of the Interior (d. 1852)

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1794-04-10 Matthew C. Perry, Commodore of the United States Navy who opened Japan to Western influence and trade, born in Newport, Rhode Island (d. 1858)

Commodore of the US Navy Matthew C. Perry
Commodore of the US Navy
Matthew C. Perry
  • 1794-08-11 James Barton Longacre, American engraver (d. 1869)
  • 1794-10-10 William Whiting Boardman, American politician (d. 1871)
  • 1794-12-14 Erastus Corning, American businessman and politician (d. 1872)

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1795-09-01 James Gordon Bennett, Sr., American newspaper publisher (New York Herald), born in Keith, Scotland (d. 1872)

Founder of the New York Herald James Gordon Bennett
Founder of the New York Herald
James Gordon Bennett
  • 1795-09-23 Alexander Twilight, minister and politician, first African American to graduate and to hold public office, born in Corinth Vermont (d. 1857)
  • 1795-10-16 William Buell Sprague, American clergyman and author (d. 1876)

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1795-11-02 James Knox Polk, 11th US President (Democrat: 1845-49), born in Pineville, North Carolina (d. 1849)

11th US President James Knox Polk
11th US President
James Knox Polk
  • 1796-04-10 James Bowie, American pioneer and soldier (d. 1836)

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1796-05-04 Horace Mann, American educator, author and editor who pioneered public schools, born in Franklin, Massachusetts (d. 1859)

Father of American Education Horace Mann
Father of American Education
Horace Mann
  • 1796-05-04 William H. Prescott, American historian (d. 1859)
  • 1796-07-26 George Catlin, US, author/painter (American Indian scenes)
  • 1796-08-25 James Lick, American land baron (d. 1876)
  • 1797-05-06 Joseph Brackett, American religious leader and composer (d. 1882)
  • 1797-07-29 Daniel Drew, American financier (d. 1879)
  • 1798-04-26 James Beckwourth, American explorer (d. 1867)
  • 1799-05-11 John Lowell, American philanthropist (d. 1836)
  • 1799-06-23 John Milton Bernhisel, American physician (d. 1881)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 101 - 200 of 5,055

  • 1801-11-04 William Shippen, American physician and delegate to the Continental Congress (b. 1712)
  • 1802-02-26 Esek Hopkins, American Revolutionary War admiral (b. 1718)
  • 1802-07-06 Daniel Morgan, American Revolutionary general and politician (b. ~1735)
  • 1803-09-13 John Barry, 1st American commodore, dies
  • 1804-09-04 Richard Somers, American naval officer
  • 1804-09-29 Michael Hillegas, first Treasurer of the United States (b. 1728)
  • 1805-01-09 Noble Wimberly Jones, American Continental Congressman (b. 1723)
  • 1806-02-20 Lachlan McIntosh, Scottish-born American military and political leader (b. 1725)
  • 1806-09-09 William Paterson, American jurist and statesman (b. 1745)
  • 1806-12-22 William Vernon, American merchant (b. 1719)
  • 1807-03-04 Abraham Baldwin, American politician (b. 1754)
  • 1807-05-13 Eliphalet Dyer, American statesman and judge (b. 1721)
  • 1807-05-17 John Gunby, Maryland Soldier in the American Revolutionary War (b. 1745)

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1808-02-14 John Dickinson, American lawyer and Governor of Delaware and Pennsylvania, dies at 75

Founding Father of the United States John Dickinson
Founding Father of the United States
John Dickinson
  • 1808-05-18 Elijah Craig, American minister and inventor (b. 1738?)
  • 1808-09-03 John Montgomery, American Continental Congressman (b. 1722)
  • 1808-09-17 Benjamin Bourne, American politician (b. 1755)
  • 1809-01-21 Josiah Hornblower, American statesman (b. 1729)

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1809-06-08 Thomas Paine, English/American writer (Age of Reason, Common Sense), dies at 72

Voice of the American Revolution Thomas Paine
Voice of the American Revolution
Thomas Paine
  • 1810-10-15 Alfred Moore, American judge (b. 1755)
  • 1811-12-08 Eliza Poe, English-born American actress and the mother of the American author Edgar Allan Poe (b. 1787)
  • 1811-12-17 John Antes, American composer and missionary , dies at 71
  • 1814-08-21 Benjamin Thompson, American physicist and inventor (b. 1753)
  • 1815-08-06 James A. Bayard (elder), United States Senator from Delaware (b. 1767)
  • 1815-08-18 Chauncey Goodrich, American politician (b. 1759)
  • 1816-11-06 Gouverneur Morris, American lawmaker and diplomat (b. 1752)
  • 1817-01-16 Alexander J. Dallas, American statesman (b. 1759)
  • 1817-09-09 Paul Cuffe, African American civil rights activist (helped settle Sierre Leone), dies at 58
  • 1818-02-13 George Rogers Clark, American military leader (b. 1752)

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1818-05-10 Paul Revere, American silversmith and patriot who alerted the colonial militia to the approach of British forces before the battles of Lexington and Concord, dies at 83

American Patriot Paul Revere
American Patriot
Paul Revere
  • 1819-07-01 Jemima Wilkinson, American preacher (b. 1752)
  • 1820-08-28 Andrew Ellicott, American surveyor (b. 1754)
  • 1820-09-21 Joseph R Drake, US poet (American Flag), dies at 25)

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1821-01-04 Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton, 1st native-born American saint, dies in Maryland at 46

1st American-born Saint Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton
1st American-born Saint
Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton
  • 1821-10-11 John Ross Key, American judge and lawyer (b. 1754)
  • 1821-10-24 Elias Boudinot, American President of the Continental Congress (b. 1740)
  • 1822-06-19 John Bray, English-born American composer (The Indian Princess), dies on his 40th birthday

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1825-01-08 Eli Whitney, American inventor (Cotton Gin), dies of prostate cancer at 59

Inventor of the Cotton Gin Eli Whitney
Inventor of the Cotton Gin
Eli Whitney
  • 1825-05-12 Elias Mann, American composer, dies at 75

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1825-06-14 Pierre Charles L'Enfant, French-born American architect who laid out Washington, D.C., dies at 70

Washington D.C. Architect Pierre Charles L'Enfant
Washington D.C. Architect
Pierre Charles L'Enfant
  • 1825-07-11 Thomas P. Grosvenor, American Revolutionary War soldier (b. 1744)
  • 1826-07-08 Luther Martin, American statesman (b. 1748)

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1829-05-17 John Jay, American statesman, 1st US Chief Justice, dies at 83

Ist US Chief Justice John Jay
Ist US Chief Justice
John Jay
  • 1830-06-25 Ephraim McDowell, American Physician (pioneered abdominal surgery), dies at 58
  • 1831-05-27 Jedediah Smith, American explorer (b. 1799)
  • 1834-07-14 Edmond Charles Genêt, French ambassador to the United States during the French Revolution (b. 1763)
  • 1834-10-10 Thomas Say, American naturalist and father of descriptive entomology, dies from typhoid fever at 47

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1835-07-06 John Marshall, 4th Chief Justice of the United States (1801-35), dies at 79

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States John Marshall
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
John Marshall
  • 1835-12-13 John Storm, American Revolutionary soldier (b. 1760)

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1836-01-30 Betsy Ross [Elizabeth Griscom], American seamstress widely credited with making the first American flag, dies at 84

Seamstress Credited with Creating the First American Flag Betsy Ross
Seamstress Credited with Creating the First American Flag
Betsy Ross
  • 1836-03-06 James Butler Bonham, American lawyer from South Carolina and soldier (b. 1807)
  • 1836-03-06 Jim Bowie, American pioneer and soldier (b. 1796)
  • 1837-10-01 Robert Clark, American politician (b. 1777)
  • 1838-08-19 James Geddes, American Engineer (Erie Canal), dies at 75

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1838-09-01 William Clark, American explorer, soldier, Indian agent and territorial governor who lead the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804-06 and claimed the Pacific Northwest for the United States, dies at 68

Explorer and Leader of Lewis and Clark Expedition William Clark
Explorer and Leader of Lewis and Clark Expedition
William Clark
  • 1838-10-03 Black Hawk (chief), Leader of the Sauk Native American tribe (b. 1767)
  • 1839-04-01 Benjamin Pierce, American politician (b. 1757)
  • 1840-03-23 William Maclure, Scottish-American Geologist (first geological map), dies at 76

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1841-04-04 William Henry Harrison, 9th US President (Whig: March 4-April 4, 1841), dies of of pneumonia and becomes 1st president to die in office

9th US President William Henry Harrison
9th US President
William Henry Harrison

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1841-10-06 George Childress, American lawyer and statesman (author of Texas Declaration of Independence), commits suicide at 37

Author of the Texas Declaration of Independence George Childress
Author of the Texas Declaration of Independence
George Childress
  • 1842-09-15 José Francisco Morazán Quezada, President of The Federal Republic of Central America (b. 1792)
  • 1843-01-11 Francis Scott Key, American lawyer, poet and composer of the lyrics to "Star Spangled Banner" dies at 63
  • 1843-04-17 Samuel Morey, American inventor (b. 1762)

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1843-05-28 Noah Webster, American lexicographer (Webster's Dictionary), dies at 84

Lexicographer Noah Webster
Lexicographer
Noah Webster
  • 1844-05-18 Richard McCarty, American politician (b. 1780)
  • 1845-03-18 John Chapman, [Johnny Appleseed], American pioneer agronomist dies in Allen County Indiana
  • 1846-01-05 Alfred Thomas Agate, American artist (b. 1812)
  • 1846-04-04 Solomon Sibley, American senator from Michigan Territory (b. 1769)
  • 1848-03-29 John Jacob Astor, charted American Fur Company, dies at 84
  • 1848-08-15 Timothy Olmstead, early American composer, dies at 88
  • 1849-07-12 Dolley Madison, 4th First Lady Of The United States (b. 1768)
  • 1849-07-30 Jacob Perkins, American Inventor, dies at 83

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1849-10-07 Edgar Allan Poe, American writer, poet and critic (The Pit and the Pendulum) considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre (Murders in the Rue Morgue), dies in Baltimore at 40

  • 1849-10-16 George Washington Williams, 1st major African American historian, dies
  • 1850-03-03 Oliver Cowdery, American religious leader (b. 1806)
  • 1850-03-21 Miguel Pedrorena, American settler
  • 1850-03-28 Gerard C. Brandon, American politician (b. 1788)

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1850-03-31 John C. Calhoun, American politician, dies of tuberculosis at 68

Politician John C. Calhoun
Politician
John C. Calhoun
  • 1850-04-12 Adoniram Judson, American Baptist missionary (b. 1788)
  • 1850-11-19 Richard Mentor Johnson, American politician (b. 1780)
  • 1851-05-22 Mordecai Manuel Noah, American writer, journalist (b. 1755)
  • 1851-09-10 Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, American educator (b. 1787)
  • 1851-09-11 Sylvester Graham, American nutritionist and minister (Graham cracker) (b. 1794)

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1851-09-14 James Fenimore Cooper, American author (Last of Mohicans), dies of dropsy at 61

  • 1852-04-09 John Howard Payne, American actor, playwright (Fair Warning), author and creator of the hit song "Home! Sweet Home!", dies at 60

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1852-06-29 Henry Clay, American politician known as "the Great Compromiser", dies of tuberculosis at 75

Legislator and Orator Henry Clay
Legislator and Orator
Henry Clay
  • 1852-07-09 Thompson McKennan, American politician who served as the 2nd United States Secretary of the Interior, dies at 58
  • 1852-09-20 Philander Chase, American university founder (b. 1775)
  • 1853-04-13 James Iredell, Jr., American politician (b. 1788)
  • 1854-01-18 Juda Turo, American philanthropist, dies
  • 1854-03-11 Willard Richards, American religious leader (b. 1804)
  • 1855-06-16 John Gorrie, American physician (b. 1803)
  • 1855-06-29 John Gorrie, American scientist (b. 1802)
  • 1856-01-16 Thaddeus William Harris, American naturalist (b. 1795)
  • 1856-10-19 William Sprague III, American politician from Rhode Island (b. 1799)
  • 1857-06-19 Alexander Twilight, American politician and minister, first African American to graduate and hold political office, dies at 61
  • 1857-07-04 William L. Marcy, American statesman (b. 1786)
  • 1857-08-27 Rufus Wilmot Griswold, American literary critic and editor (b. 1812)

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1858-03-04 Matthew C. Perry, Commodore of the United States Navy who opened Japan to Western influence and trade, dies of rheumatism at 63

Commodore of the US Navy Matthew C. Perry
Commodore of the US Navy
Matthew C. Perry
  • 1858-03-26 John Addison Thomas, American soldier (b. 1811)