Massachusetts in History (Part 2)

Massachusetts: Boston - Lowell - Newton - Springfield, MA - Worcester

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 221

  • 1827-04-02 US inventor Joseph Dixon of Salem, Massachusetts, begins manufacturing lead pencils
  • 1827-07-23 1st US swimming school opens (Boston, Massachusetts)
  • 1832-07-25 1st railroad accident in US, Granite Railway, Quincy, Massachusetts, kills 1
  • 1836-10-24 Earliest American patent for a phosphorus friction match by Alonzo Dwight Phillips of Springfield, Massachusetts

Historic Event

1837-08-31 Ralph Waldo Emerson gives his famous "The American Scholar" speech to Phi Beta Kappa Society at Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts, declares American literary independence from Europe

  • 1837-11-08 Mount Holyoke Seminary in Massachusetts founded - 1st US college founded for women
  • 1838-06-12 Hopkins Observatory, dedicated in Williamstown, Massachusetts
  • 1839-07-03 1st state normal school in US opens, Lexington, Massachusetts, with 3 students

Historic Event

1842-01-22 Charles Dickens arrives in Boston, Massachusetts with his wife, Catherine

  • 1843-12-04 Manila paper (made from sails, canvas and rope) patented in Massachusetts
  • 1844-03-21 The original date predicted by William Miller of Massachusetts for the return of Christ and the end of the world
  • 1845-05-03 1st African American lawyer, Macon B Allen, admitted to the bar in Massachusetts
  • 1846-02-21 1st US woman telegrapher is Sarah G. Bagley of Lowell, Massachusetts

Historic Event

1848-03-03 American education reformer Horace Mann joins the US Senate, representing Massachusetts

  • 1850-08-23 1st US National Women's Rights Convention convenes in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1851-12-29 1st American Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) chapter opened in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1852-05-18 Massachusetts rules all school-age children must attend school

Historic Event

1853-01-06 Franklin Pierce, the President-elect of the United States at the time, and his family are involved in a train wreck in Massachusetts

  • 1853-06-21 Envelope-folding machine patented by Russell Hawes in Worcester, Massachusetts [1]
  • 1854-03-17 1st park land purchased by a US city, Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1854-10-01 The watch company founded in 1850 in Roxbury by Aaron Lufkin Dennison relocates to Waltham, Massachusetts, to become the Waltham Watch Company, a pioneer in the American System of Watch Manufacturing.
  • 1855-10-09 Joshua Stoddard of Worcester, Massachusetts, patents first calliope (steam powered musical instrument)
  • 1856-05-22 Violence in the US Senate, South Carolina rep Brooks uses a cane on Massachusetts Senator Charles Sumner
  • 1858-02-21 Edwin T. Holmes installs 1st electric burglar alarm (Boston, Massachusetts)
  • 1859-07-01 1st intercollegiate baseball game, Amherst beats Williams 66-32 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts
  • 1859-07-12 Paper bag manufacturing machine patents by William Goodale, Massachusetts
  • 1860-02-22 Shoe-making workers of Lynn, Massachusetts, strike successfully for higher wages
  • 1861-01-19 Mississippi troops take Fort Massachusetts and Ship Island (US Civil War)
  • 1862-01-31 Astronomer Alvan Graham Clark makes first observation of Sirius B (first known white dwarf star) in Cambridgeport, Massachusetts while testing his new telescope
  • 1863-01-26 American Civil War: Massachusetts Governor receives permission from Secretary of War to raise a militia organization for men of African descent (54th Massachusetts Regiment)
  • 1865-02-20 Massachusetts Institute of Technology forms 1st US collegiate architectural school
  • 1866-07-10 Indelible pencil patented by Edson P. Clark, Northampton, Massachusetts
  • 1869-05-26 Boston University is chartered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • 1874-05-16 1st recorded dam disaster in US (Williamsburg, Massachusetts)

Music Premiere

1875-10-25 The first performance of the Piano Concerto No. 1 by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is given in Boston, Massachusetts with Hans von Bülow as soloist

  • 1875-11-04 Massachusetts Rifle Association is founded in Boston
  • 1876-07-31 US Coast Guard officers' training school established (New Bedford Massachusetts)
  • 1877-02-12 1st news dispatch by telephone, between Boston & Salem, Massachusetts
  • 1877-04-15 Boston-Somerville installs the world's 1st telephone in Massachusetts
  • 1881-06-14 Player piano patented by John McTammany Jr (Cambridge, Massachusetts)
  • 1885-05-19 1st mass production of shoes (Jan Matzeliger in Lynn, Massachusetts)
  • 1886-03-06 1st US alternating current power plant starts, Great Barrington, Massachusetts
  • 1886-03-20 1st AC power plant in US begins commercial operation in Massachusetts
  • 1890-03-18 1st US state naval militia organized (Massachusetts)

Sports History

1891-12-21 1st game of basketball, based on rules created by James Naismith, played by 18 students in Springfield, Massachusetts

  • 1892-03-11 1st public basketball game (Springfield, Massachusetts)
  • 1892-07-08 American Psychological Association organized in Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts

Murder of Interest

1892-08-04 Sunday school teacher Lizzie Borden's father and stepmother are murdered with an axe in Fall River, Massachusetts; Borden is later arrested, tried and acquitted

  • 1893-06-20 Lizzie Borden acquitted of the 1892 axe murders of her father and stepmother in Fall River, Massachusetts
  • 1893-09-20 The first gasoline-powered car debuts in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1894-01-09 New England Telephone and Telegraph installs the first battery-operated telephone switchboard in Lexington, Massachusetts.
  • 1895-02-09 William Morgan presents his new sport "Mintonette" to the world at Springfield College, Massachusetts, later renames it "Volleyball" [1]
  • 1898-06-18 US Open Men's Golf, Myopia Hunt Club: Scotsman Fred Herd easily wins by 7 strokes from countryman Alex Smith; first 72-hole US Open
  • 1898-10-06 Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity founded at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • 1900-08-08 1st International Lawn Tennis Challenge (precursor to Davis Cup) begins at Longwood Cricket Club in Massachusetts, won 3-0 by US over British Isles
  • 1900-08-09 1st International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Boston, MA: Dwight Davis & Holcombe Ward beat Ernest Black & Herbert Roper Barrett 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 to give US an unassailable 3-0 lead over British Isles
  • 1901-10-29 In Amherst, Massachusetts, nurse Jane Toppan is arrested for murdering the Davis family of Boston with an overdose of morphine
  • 1903-01-18 The first transatlantic radio transmission to originate in the United States is sent by a transmitter in Massachusetts
  • 1907-11-28 In Haverhill, Massachusetts, scrap-metal dealer Louis B. Mayer opens his first movie theater
  • 1908-04-12 Fire at the Boston Blacking Company (producer of leather dyes), spreads by high wind, kills 19 and makes 17,000 homeless in Chelsea, Massachusetts
  • 1912-01-11 Bread & Roses Strike begins in Lawrence, Massachusetts following a pay cut
  • 1912-01-29 Martial law declared in textile strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts
  • 1912-06-04 Massachusetts passes 1st US minimum wage law
  • 1918-07-21 U-156 shells Nauset Beach, in Orleans, Massachusetts
  • 1919-01-15 Two million gallons of molasses flood Boston Massachusetts in the "Great Molasses Flood" when a storage tank burst, drowning 21 and injuring 150

US Golf Open

1919-06-12 US Open Men's Golf, Brae Burn CC: Walter Hagen defeats Mike Brady by 1 stroke in an 18-hole playoff to win his second and final US Open

  • 1920-05-05 Italian migrant anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti charged with murder of a paymaster at a US shoe factory in Massachusetts, both are later executed
  • 1921-07-14 Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti convicted of killing their shoe company's paymaster and sentenced to death, in Dedham Massachusetts
  • 1924-09-24 Boston, Massachusetts, opens its airport
  • 1927-06-04 1st Ryder Cup Golf, Worcester CC: US beats Great Britain, 9½-2½; Walter Hagen first American captain; Ted Ray first GB skipper
  • 1928-07-07 American Edward Hamm sets then long jump world record at 25' 11" at Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 1932-06-10 1st demonstration of artificial lightning Pittsfield, Massachusetts
  • 1939-03-02 Massachusetts Legislature votes to ratify the US Bill of Rights - 147 years late
  • 1942-12-15 Massachusetts issues 1st US vehicular license plate tabs

Election of Interest

1946-11-05 John F. Kennedy (Democrat, Massachusetts) elected to US House of Representatives

  • 1946-11-13 First artificial snow produced from a natural cloud, Mt Greylock, Massachusetts
  • 1950-01-17 The Great Brinks Robbery - 11 men rob $1.2M cash & $1.5M securities from armored car company Brink's offices in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1951-07-17 Western New England College in Springfield, Massachusetts, is chartered
  • 1953-06-07 1st color network telecast in compatible color (Boston Massachusetts)
  • 1954-03-04 Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, announces the first successful kidney transplant
  • 1954-12-23 The first human kidney transplant is performed by Dr. Joseph E. Murray at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1955-08-18 46.1 cm rainfall at Westfield, Massachusetts (state record)
  • 1956-02-28 13 die in a train crash in Swampscott, Massachusetts
  • 1957-06-13 Mayflower II from Plymouth, England, reaches Plymouth, Massachusetts
  • 1960-06-27 Chlorophyll "A" synthesized in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 1960-08-19 The first commercial atomic energy reactor, owned by the Yankee Atomic Electric Company, achieves a self-sustaining nuclear reaction in Rowe, Deerfield River, Massachusetts
  • 1962-04-24 Massachusetts Institute of Technology sends TV signal by satellite for 1st time: California to Massachusetts

Election of Interest

1962-11-06 Edward W. Brooke (R) elected attorney general of Massachusetts

  • 1964-06-05 Rolling Stones 1st US concert tour (with Bobby Goldsboro & Bobby Vee) debuts in San Bernadino, California
  • 1966-03-21 US Supreme Court reverses Massachusetts ruling that "Fanny Hill" is obscene

Historic Event

1966-07-07 Obscenity ban for "Naked Lunch" by William S. Burroughs overturned by the Massachusetts Supreme Court after testimony by Allen Ginsberg and Norman Mailer

  • 1966-12-28 13 die in a train crash in Everett, Massachusetts
  • 1966-12-29 Pirate Radio Phoenix, 1st transmission (Worcester, Massachusetts)
  • 1968-02-17 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield, Massachusetts opens
  • 1969-10-14 Race riots in Springfield, Massachusetts

Sports History

1973-12-08 Romanian tennis star Ilie Năstase wins his 3rd consecutive season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix title with a 6–3, 7–5, 4–6, 6–3 win over Dutchman Tom Okker in Boston, Massachusetts

  • 1975-08-02 107°F (42°C) at Chester/New Bedford, Massachusetts (state record)
  • 1981-01-12 -35°F (-37°C), Chester, Massachusetts (state record)
  • 1983-03-06 In New Bedford, Massachusetts, woman charges she was gang-raped atop a pool table
  • 1985-10-04 Free Software Foundation is founded in Massachusetts, USA

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 1,004

  • 1807-12-17 John Greenleaf Whittier, American poet (Snow-bound), born in Haverhill, Massachusetts (d. 1892)
  • 1808-01-06 Joseph Pitty Couthouy, American naval officer, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1864)
  • 1808-04-16 Caleb Blood Smith, American journalist and politician, 6th U.S. Secretary of the Interior, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1864)
  • 1808-06-11 Charles Henry Poor, U.S. Navy Officer, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1882)

Edgar Allan Poe

1809-01-19 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), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1849)

  • 1809-04-04 Benjamin Pierce, American mathematician and astronomer (Peirce's criterion for outliers), born in Salem, Massachusetts (d. 1880)
  • 1809-08-27 Hannibal Hamlin, American attorney and 15th Vice President of U.S. (1861-65), born in Paris, Massachusetts (d. 1891)
  • 1809-08-29 Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., American physician and author (Old Ironsides), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1894)
  • 1809-09-21 Sophia Hawthorne, American writer, painter and illustrator, born in Salem, Massachusetts (d. 1871)
  • 1809-12-29 Albert Pike, US attorney, soldier, writer, and freemason (Brigadier-General in the Confederate Army), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1891)
  • 1810-02-01 Charles Lenox Remond, African-American orator and abolitionist, born in Salem, Massachusetts (d. 1873)
  • 1810-05-23 Margaret Fuller [Ossoli], American feminist and journalist (NY Tribune), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1850)
  • 1810-05-29 Erasmus Darwin Keyes, American banker, businessman and Major General (Union Army), born in Brinfield, Massachusetts (d. 1895)
  • 1810-09-10 Albert G. Blanchard, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Charlestown, Massachusetts (d. 1891)
  • 1811-01-06 Charles Sumner, American leading Reconstruction senator, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1874)
  • 1811-09-12 James Hall, American geologist and paleontologist (Natural history of NY), born in Hingham, Massachusetts (d. 1898)
  • 1812-01-20 Ralph Pomeroy Buckland, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Leyden, Massachusetts (d. 1892)
  • 1812-04-09 Randolph Barnes Marcy, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Greenwich, Massachusetts (d. 1887)
  • 1812-04-27 William W. Snow, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from New York (1851-53), born in Heath, Massachusetts (d. 1886)
  • 1812-05-17 Joseph Warren Revere, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1880)
  • 1813-03-27 Nathaniel Currier, American lithographer (Currier & Ives), born in Roxbury, Massachusetts (d. 1888)
  • 1813-04-14 Junius Spencer Morgan, American merchant and philanthropist (Metro Museum of Art), born in Holyoke, Massachusetts (d. 1890)
  • 1813-06-06 Israel Washburn Jr., American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Maine (1853-61), born in Livermore, Massachusetts (d. 1883)
  • 1814-04-02 Erastus Brigham Bigelow, American inventor of weaving machine, born in West Boylston, Massachusetts (d. 1879)
  • 1814-11-13 Joseph Hooker, American Major General (Union Army), born in Hadley, Massachusetts (d. 1879)
  • 1815-05-19 John Gross Barnard, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Sheffield, Massachusetts (d. 1882)
  • 1815-08-01 Richard Henry Dana Jr., American author (Two Years Before the Mast), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1882)
  • 1816-01-11 Fitz Henry Warren, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Brimfield, Massachusetts (d. 1878)
  • 1816-01-30 Nathaniel Prentiss Banks, American politician, Major General (Union Army), born in Waltham, Massachusetts (d. 1894)
  • 1816-03-02 Alexander H. Bullock, 26th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1882)
  • 1816-07-04 Hiram Walker, American entrepreneur and founder of the Hiram Walker and Sons Ltd. distillery, born in East Douglas, Massachusetts (d. 1899)
  • 1816-07-07 Isaac Fitzgerald Shepard, American General (Union Army), born in Natick, Massachusetts on (d. 1889)
  • 1816-07-23 Charlotte Saunders Cushman, American actress (Lady MacBeth), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1876)
  • 1816-10-15 Amiel Weeks Whipple, American Major General (Union Army), born in Greenwich, Massachusetts (d. 1863)
  • 1816-11-15 Joseph Bennett Plummer, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Barre, Massachusetts (d. 1862)

Henry David Thoreau

1817-07-12 Henry David Thoreau, American naturalist and pacifist (Walden Pond), born in Concord, Massachusetts (d. 1862)

  • 1818-02-06 William Maxwell Evarts, American lawyer & statesman (Union), born in Charlestown, Massachusetts (d. 1901)
  • 1818-03-06 William Claflin, 27th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1905)
  • 1818-03-25 Isaac Ingalls Stevens, American Major General (Union Army), born in North Andover, Massachusetts (d. 1862)
  • 1818-05-31 John Albion Andrew, American politician (25th Governor of Massachusetts), born in Windham, Massachusetts (d. 1867)
  • 1818-08-01 Maria Mitchell, 1st US woman astronomer (Vassar), born in Nantucket, Massachusetts (d. 1889)
  • 1818-08-13 Lucy Stone, American abolitionist (US Woman's Suffrage Association), born in West Brookefield, Massachusetts (d. 1893)
  • 1818-08-30 Alexander H. Rice, American businessman and politician, 30th Governor of Massachusetts (1876-78), born in Newton, Massachusetts (d. 1895)
  • 1818-09-07 Thomas Talbot, American politician, 31st Governor of Massachusetts, born in Cambridge, New York (d. 1885)
  • 1819-01-12 Zealous Bates Tower, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Cohasset, Massachusetts (d. 1900)
  • 1819-02-01 Henry Lawrence Eustis, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1885)
  • 1819-06-14 Henry Gardner, 23rd Governor of Massachusetts (1855-58), born in Dorchester, Massachusetts (d. 1892)

Elias Howe

1819-07-09 Elias Howe, American inventor (invented sewing machine), born in Spencer, Massachusetts (d. 1867)

  • 1819-08-09 William T. G. Morton, American dentist who first used ether as a surgical anaesthetic (HOF 1920), born in Charlton, Massachusetts (d. 1868)
  • 1819-11-10 Cyrus West Field, American financier noted for success of 1st transatlantic cable, born in Stockbridge, Massachusetts (d. 1892)
  • 1819-11-23 Josiah Dwight Whitney, American Geologist who led the California Geological Survey (Mount Whitney and Whitney Glacier are named for him), born in Northampton, Massachusetts
  • 1820-01-24 John Milton Thayer, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Bellingham, Massachusetts (d. 1906)
  • 1820-01-31 William B. Washburn, 28th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1887)

Doc Durant

1820-02-06 Doc Durant [Thomas C. Durant], American financier and railroad promoter (Transcontinental Railroad-Union Pacific), born in Lee, Massachusetts (d. 1885)

Susan B. Anthony

1820-02-15 Susan B. Anthony, American social reformer and women's suffrage movement leader, born in Adams, Massachusetts (d. 1906)

  • 1820-04-04 Charles Devens Jr, American lawyer, jurist, statesman and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Charlestown, Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1891)
  • 1820-06-14 John Bartlett, American writer and publisher (compiled Familiar Quotations), born in Plymouth, Massachusetts (d. 1905)
  • 1820-08-30 George Frederick Root, American songwriter (The Battle Cry of Freedom), born in Sheffield, Massachusetts (d. 1895)
  • 1820-09-23 Thomas Kilby Smith, American lawyer, diplomat and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1887)
  • 1821-06-13 Gustavus Fox, U.S. Navy officer (Mexican–American War), born in Saugus, Massachusetts (d. 1883)
  • 1821-12-17 Frederick West Lander, American poet and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Salem, Massachusetts (d. 1862)

Clara Barton

1821-12-25 Clara Barton, American nurse and founder of the American Red Cross, born in North Oxford, Massachusetts (d. 1912)

  • 1822-04-03 Edward Everett Hale, American clergyman and author (Man without a Country), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1909)
  • 1822-12-05 Elizabeth Cabot Agassiz, American educator and the co-founder and first president of Radcliffe College, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1907)
  • 1823-06-05 George Thorndike Angell, American lawyer and advocate for the humane treatment of animals (ASPCA), born in Southbridge, Massachusetts (d. 1909)
  • 1823-06-08 Robert Morris, 1st successful African American lawyer in the US and Abolitionist, born in Salem, Massachusetts (d. 1882)
  • 1823-07-19 George Henry Gordon, American lawyer and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Charlestown, Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1886)
  • 1823-09-16 Francis Parkman, American historian and author (Oregon Trail), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1893)
  • 1824-10-19 Rufus Saxton, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Greenfield, Massachusetts (d. 1908)
  • 1825-11-25 Edward Augustus Wild, American homeopathic doctor and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Brookline, Massachusetts (d. 1891)
  • 1826-03-14 William Fiske Sherwin, American composer, born in Buckland, Massachusetts (d. 1888)
  • 1826-04-26 George Hull Ward, American general and Union officer in the American Civil War, born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 1863)
  • 1826-05-29 Ebenezer Butterick, American inventor (tissue paper dress pattern), born in Sterling, Massachusetts (d. 1903)
  • 1826-06-06 Sarah Parker Remond, African-American abolitionist, born in Salem, Massachusetts (d. 1894)
  • 1828-01-23 Calvin Edward Pratt, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Worcester County, Massachusetts (d. 1896)
  • 1828-05-19 Adin Ballou Underwood, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Worcester County Massachusetts (d. 1888)
  • 1828-05-23 Edward Hitchcock Jr., 1st American physical educator (Amherst College), born in Amherst, Massachusetts (d. 1911)
  • 1828-08-31 George Leonard Andrews, American professor, civil engineer, and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Bridgewater, Massachusetts (d. 1899)
  • 1829-05-06 Phoebe Ann Coffin Hanaford, 1st female ordained minister in New England, born in Siasconset, Massachusetts (d. 1921)
  • 1829-09-07 Ferdinand Vandeveer Hayden, American geologist (Geograph Survey 1859-86), born in Westfield, Massachusetts (d. 1887)
  • 1829-09-12 Charles Dudley Warner, American novelist (Being a Boy), born in Plainfield, Massachusetts (d. 1900)
  • 1829-12-27 James Clay Rice, American lawyer and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Worthington, Massachusetts (d. 1864)
  • 1830-10-09 Harriet Hosmer, American neoclassical sculptor, born in Watertown, Massachusetts (d. 1908)

Emily Dickinson

1830-12-10 Emily Dickinson, American poet (Collected Poems), born in Amherst, Massachusetts (d. 1886)

  • 1831-02-03 Cyrus Ballou Comstock, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Wrentham, Massachusetts (d. 1910)
  • 1831-02-04 Oliver Ames, 35th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1895)

Grenville M. Dodge

1831-04-12 Grenville M. Dodge, American railroad engineer (Transcontinental Railroad-Union Pacific) and Major General (Union Army), born in Danvers, Massachusetts (d. 1916)

  • 1831-07-14 William Dwight, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1888)
  • 1831-10-15 Helen Hunt Jackson, American author (Ramona), born in Amherst, Massachusetts (d. 1885)
  • 1832-01-13 Horatio Alger, American clergyman and author (Disagreeable Woman, Ragged Dick), born in Chelsea, Massachusetts (d. 1899)
  • 1832-07-10 Alvan Graham Clark, American telescope maker and astronomer (Sirius B), born in Fall River, Massachusetts (d. 1897)
  • 1832-09-25 William Le Baron Jenney, American architect (father of skyscraper), born in Fairhaven, Massachusetts (d. 1907)
  • 1832-11-22 George Henry Chapman, American newspaper editor, lawyer, and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Holland, Massachusetts (d. 1882)
  • 1833-08-26 Charles Jackson Paine, American railroad executive, soldier, and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1916)
  • 1833-12-29 John James Ingalls, US politician (Rep-Ks), born in Middleton, Massachusetts (d. 1900)
  • 1834-01-20 George D. Robinson, 34th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1896)
  • 1834-03-20 Charles William Elliot, President of Harvard (1869-1909), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1834-07-10 James Abbott McNeill Whistler, American-British painter (Whistler's Mother), born in Lowell, Massachusetts (d. 1903)
  • 1834-08-18 Marshall Field, American entrepreneur and the founder of Marshall Field and Company, born in Conway, Massachusetts (d. 1906)
  • 1834-08-22 Samuel Pierpont Langley, American astronomer and pioneer aviator, born in Roxbury, Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1906)

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Famous Deaths