March 1791 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 2 Long-distance communication speeds up with the unveiling of a semaphore machine in Paris.
  • Mar 3 1st US internal revenue act (taxing distilled spirits & carriages)
  • Mar 3 Congress establishes US Mint
  • Mar 4 1st Jewish member of US Congress, Israel Jacobs (PA), takes office
  • Mar 4 President Washington calls the US Senate into its 1st special session
  • Mar 4 Vermont admitted as 14th state (1st addition to the 13 colonies)
  • Mar 10 John Stone, Concord, Mass, patents a pile driver
  • Mar 10 Pope condemns France's Civil Constitution of the clergy
  • Mar 11 Samuel Mulliken is 1st to obtain more than one US patent
  • Mar 21 Capt Hopley Yeaton of NH becomes 1st commissioned officer in USN

Birthdays in History

  • Mar 6 Anna Claypoole Peale, painted miniatures
  • Mar 9 George Hayward, US, surgeon, 1st to use ether
  • Mar 15 Charles Knight, English publisher (d. 1873)

Deaths in History

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Mar 2 John Wesley, English co-founder of Methodism dies at 87 (b. 1703)

Evangelist John Wesley
John Wesley
  • Mar 14 Johann Salomo Semler, German historian and Bible commentator (b. 1725)