What Happened in January 1815

Historical Events

  • Jan 3 France, the United Kingdom, and Austria form an alliance against Russia and Prussia
  • Jan 8 Battle of New Orleans (War of 1812); the war had ended on 24th December 1814 but none of the combatants knew
  • Jan 15 War of 1812: the USS President, an American frigate, is captured by four British frigates

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 30 Burned US Library of Congress re-established with Thomas Jefferson's 6,500 volumes

3rd US President Thomas Jefferson
3rd US President
Thomas Jefferson

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 Charles Renouvier, French philosopher (neocriticism)
  • Jan 8 George Webb Morell, Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1883)
  • Jan 8 Lawrence Pike Graham, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1905)
  • Jan 9 William Jackson of Masham, English composer and organist, born in Masham, Yorkshire (d. 1866)
  • Jan 10 Alexander Brydie Dyer, Bvt Major General (Union Army), (d. 1874)
  • Jan 10 Thomas Williams, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1862)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 11 John A. Macdonald, First Prime Minister of Canada (1867-1873 and 1878-1891), born in Glasgow, Scotland

Prime Minister of Canada John A. Macdonald
Prime Minister of Canada
John A. Macdonald
  • Jan 13 William Henry French, Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1881)
  • Jan 15 Henry Morris Naglee, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1886)
  • Jan 16 Adolph Trube, composer
  • Jan 16 Henry Wagner "Old Brains" Halleck, Maj-General (Union Army)
  • Jan 18 James Chesnut Jr, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1885)
  • Jan 18 Richard Yates Gov, MC (Union), (d. 1873)
  • Jan 18 Constantin von Tischendorf, German biblical scholar (d. 1874)
  • Jan 21 Horace Wells, dentist (pioneered use of medical anethesia)
  • Jan 21 John Bingham, American politician and lawyer (d. 1900)
  • Jan 22 Ferdinand Christian Wilhelm Praeger, composer
  • Jan 28 Andrew Jackson Hamilton, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1875)

Famous Weddings

  • Jan 2 Leading Romantic Age poet Lord Byron (27) marries Anne Isabella Milbanke (22)by special licence, at Seaham Hall in County Durham.

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 8 Edward Pakenham, Engl general (Battle of New Orleans), dies in battle
  • Jan 15 Emma, Lady Hamilton, English mistress of Lord Nelson (b. 1761
  • Jan 21 M Claudius, writer, dies at 74
  • Jan 31 José Félix Ribas, Venezuelan independentist leader (b. 1775)