What Happened in December 1816

Historical Events

  • Dec 2 First savings bank in US opens (Philadelphia Savings Fund Society)

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Dec 4 James Monroe (VA), elected 5th pres, defeating Federalist Rufus King

5th US President James Monroe
5th US President
James Monroe
  • Dec 10 Dutch regain Sumatra from the British
  • Dec 11 Citizens of Geneva thwarted Savoyard invaders
  • Dec 11 Indiana becomes 19th state of the Union
  • Dec 13 Patent for a dry dock issued to John Adamson, Boston
  • Dec 28 American Colonization Society organizes
  • Dec 30 The Treaty of St. Louis is proclaimed.

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 6 Henry Eustace McCulloch, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1895)
  • Dec 8 August Belmont, Sr., Prussian-born American financier (d. 1890)
  • Dec 13 Clement Claiborne Clay, MC (Confederacy), (d. 1882)
  • Dec 13 E Werner von Siemens, German artillery officer/inventor
  • Dec 18 Alfred Elzey Jones, Major General (Confederate Army), (d. 1871)
  • Dec 27 Eliakim Parker Scammon, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1894)
  • Dec 29 Carl Ludwig, German physician (d. 1895)

Famous Weddings

  • Dec 30 English Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley (24) marries 2nd wife writer "Frankenstein" Mary Godwin (19) and daughter of early feminist writer Mary Wollstonecraft

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 15 Joseph Franz Maximilian Lobkowitz, composer, dies at 44
  • Dec 16 Vincenzo Galeotti, [Tomazelli], Italian dancer/choreographer, dies at 73