What Happened in February 1839

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 7 Henry Clay declares in Senate "I had rather be right than president"

Legislator and Orator Henry Clay
Legislator and Orator
Henry Clay
  • Feb 12 Aroostoock (or "Pork & Beans) War: Boundary dispute between Maine & New Brunswick
  • Feb 18 Detroit Boat Club forms (& still exists)
  • Feb 20 Congress prohibits dueling in District of Columbia
  • Feb 24 Steam shovel patented by William Otis, Philadelphia
  • Feb 25 Seminoles & black allies shipped from Tampa Bay Florida, to West
  • Feb 26 1st Grand National: Jem Mason aboard Lottery wins

Famous Birthdays

  • Feb 1 James A Herne, [J Aherne], US playwright (Hearts of Oak)
  • Feb 7 Nicolaas G Pierson, Dutch banker/Suriname premier (1897-1901)
  • Feb 9 Silas Adams, American lawyer and politician (d. 1896)
  • Feb 11 Josiah Willard Gibbs, theoretical physicist/chemist
  • Feb 20 Benjamin Waugh, American minister; founder of the NSPCC (d. 1908)
  • Feb 22 Francis Pharcellus Church, American editor and publisher (d. 1906)

Famous Deaths

  • Feb 1 Giuseppe Valadier, Italian architect/archaeologist, dies at 76
  • Feb 7 Karl August Nicander, Swedish poet (b. 1799)
  • Feb 15 Chevalier de Lorimier, Quebec notary (b. 1803)