Pennsylvania in History

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Event of interestEvent of Interest

1682-10-27 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is founded by Englishman William Penn

English Philosopher and Founder of Pennsylvania William Penn
English Philosopher and Founder of Pennsylvania
William Penn
  • 1682-12-04 First General Assembly in Pennsylvania (Chester)
  • 1683-06-23 William Penn signs friendship treaty with Lenni Lenape indians in Pennsylvania; only treaty "not sworn to, nor broken"
  • 1688-04-18 "Germantown Quaker Petition Against Slavery": Francis Daniel Pastorius authors 1st formal written protest against African-American slavery in English colonies in Germantown, Pennsylvania

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1731-06-24 Freemason and Mayor of Philadelphia William Allen is appointed Provincial Grand Master of Pennsylvania, the first and youngest Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania

Mayor of Philadelphia William Allen
Mayor of Philadelphia
William Allen
  • 1732-12-28 1st known ad for "Poor Richard's Almanack" (Pennsylvania Gazette)
  • 1737-09-20 Runner Edward Marshall completes his journey in the Walking Purchase forcing the cession of 1.2 million acres (4,860 km²) of Lenape-Delaware tribal land to the Pennsylvania Colony
  • 1738-05-25 A treaty between Pennsylvania and Maryland ends the Conojocular War with settlement of a boundary dispute and exchange of prisoners.
  • 1748-08-26 The first Lutheran denomination in North America, the Pennsylvania Ministerium, is founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1751-05-11 Pennsylvania Hospital founded by Dr. Thomas Bond and Benjamin Franklin

United States Founding Father Benjamin Franklin
United States Founding Father
Benjamin Franklin
  • 1756-06-04 Quakers leave assembly of Pennsylvania
  • 1758-05-21 Mary Campbell is abducted from her home in Pennsylvania by Lenape during the French and Indian War.
  • 1759-05-31 The Province of Pennsylvania bans all theater productions
  • 1763-11-15 Charles Mason & Jeremiah Dixon begin surveying Mason-Dixon Line between Pennsylvania & Maryland
  • 1767-10-18 Mason Dixon line, the boundary between Maryland & Pennsylvania agreed upon
  • 1768-02-20 1st American chartered fire insurance company opens in Pennsylvania

  • 1772-06-09 1st Protestant church west of Pennsylvania (in Ohio) holds communion

USAUnited States Declaration of Independence

1774-07-12 Citizens of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, pass a symbolic declaration of independence
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  • 1774-09-05 Twelve of the thirteen American colonies adopt a trade embargo against Great Britain at the first Continental Congress at Carpenters' Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1775-05-10 Second Continental Congress convenes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and issues paper currency for 1st time

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

1777-10-04 Battle of Germantown: Gen George Washington's troops attack and are defeated by the British at Germantown, Pennsylvania

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington
  • 1777-12-17 George Washington's army returns to Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
  • 1777-12-19 Washington settles his troops at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania for the winter
  • 1778-05-01 American Revolution: The Battle of Crooked Billet begins in Hatboro, Pennsylvania.
  • 1778-07-03 British forces massacre 360 men, women and children in Wyoming, Pennsylvania
  • 1780-03-01 Pennsylvania becomes 1st US state to abolish slavery (for newborns only)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1781-01-01 1,500 soldiers of the 6th Pennsylvania Regiment under General Anthony Wayne's command rebel against the Continental Army's winter camp in Morristown, New Jersey as part of the Pennsylvania (Continentals; Regiment) Mutiny of 1781.

Military Leader Anthony Wayne
Military Leader
Anthony Wayne
  • 1783-09-26 Fayette County, Pennsylvania created
  • 1784-09-21 Pennsylvania Packet and Daily Advertiser becomes the 1st successful daily newspaper in the United States
  • 1787-02-04 1st Anglican bishops of NY & Pennsylvania consecrated in London
  • 1787-06-06 Franklin College founded, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Now part of Franklin & Marshall College.
  • 1788-01-01 Quakers in Pennsylvania emancipate their slaves
  • 1789-03-02 Pennsylvania ends prohibition of theatrical performances
  • 1790-12-06 The U.S. Congress moves from New York City to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • 1791-12-15 1st US law school established at University of Pennsylvania
  • 1794-02-28 US Senate voids Pennsylvania's election of Abraham Gallatin
  • 1794-08-01 Whiskey Rebellion begins in western Pennsylvania
  • 1798-09-02 First bank robbery in the US: Bank of Pennsylvania robbed of $162,821 at Carpenter's Hall, Philadelphia
  • 1799-02-15 1st US printed ballots authorized, Pennsylvania
  • 1803-02-14 Apple parer patented by Moses Coats, Downington, Pennsylvania

  • 1805-12-26 Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts established, Philadelphia
  • 1806-01-30 The original Lower Trenton Toll Bridge, which spans the Delaware River between Morrisville, Pennsylvania and Trenton, New Jersey, is opened. A later bridge opened in 1935 is also known as the Trenton Makes - the World Takes Bridge.
  • 1808-02-11 Anthracite coal 1st burned as fuel, experimentally, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
  • 1812-12-04 Peter Gaillard of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, patents a horse-drawn mower
  • 1817-01-07 2nd Bank of US opens in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1817-03-02 1st Evangelical church building dedicated, New Berlin, Pennsylvania
  • 1817-05-15 First private mental health hospital opens in the US, Asylum for the Relief of Persons Deprived of the Use of Their Reason (now Friends Hospital) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Book releaseHistoric Publication

1824-07-24 Harrisburg Pennsylvanian newspaper publishes results of 1st public opinion poll, with a clear lead for Andrew Jackson

US President & General Andrew Jackson
US President & General
Andrew Jackson
  • 1831-02-19 1st practical US coal-burning locomotive makes 1st trial run in Pennsylvania
  • 1834-03-18 1st railroad tunnel in US completed, in Pennsylvania (275 m long)
  • 1836-12-04 Whig party holds its first national convention, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1845-04-10 More than 1,000 buildings damaged by fire in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1848-05-01 The Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta is founded at Jefferson College in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1848-10-16 1st US homeopathic medical college opens in Pennsylvania
  • 1849-10-16 Avery College establishes in Allegheny, Pennsylvania
  • 1850-03-11 Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania (1st female medical school)
  • 1851-09-15 Saint Joseph's University is founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • 1852-02-19 The Phi Kappa Psi fraternity is founded at Jefferson College in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1854-01-01 Lincoln University, a black college, chartered (Oxford, Pennsylvania)
  • 1854-05-24 Lincoln University, Pennsylvania is 1st Black college in US, founded by John Miller Dickey and Sarah Emlen Cresson
  • 1854-10-12 Lincoln University founded in Pennsylvania as Ashmun Institute
  • 1854-12-30 Pennsylvania Rock Oil Co, 1st in US, incorporated in NYC

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1856-02-18 The American Party (Know-Nothings) convenes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to nominate its first Presidential candidate, former President Millard Fillmore.

13th US President Millard Fillmore
13th US President
Millard Fillmore
  • 1856-07-17 The Great Train Wreck of 1856 between Camp Hill and Fort Washington, Pennsylvania kills over 60 people
  • 1859-08-27 1st successful oil well drilled, near Titusville, Pennsylvania, by Edwin Drake
  • 1862-06-06 Skirmish at Harrisonburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1863-06-20 Skirmish at Greencastle, Pennsylvania
  • 1863-06-24 Planning an invasion of Pennsylvania, Lee's army crosses Potomac
  • 1863-06-29 Confederate General Robert Lee orders his forces to concentrate near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1863-06-30 Battles in Hanover, Pennsylvania: 80 casualties
  • 1863-06-30 Skirmish at Sporting Hill Pennsylvania
  • 1863-07-01 Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; Lee's northward advance halted
  • 1864-07-30 Battle of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania - burned by Union forces under McCausland
  • 1865-10-09 First US underground pipeline for carrying oil is laid in Pennsylvania
  • 1867-10-28 Maimonides College in Pennsylvania is first Jewish college in the US
  • 1869-09-06 Mine fire kills 110 at Avondale, Pennsylvania
  • 1872-06-18 Woman's Suffrage Convention held at Merchantile Liberty Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1876-12-06 1st crematorium in US begins operation, Washington, Pennsylvania
  • 1877-06-21 The Molly Maguires, ten Irish immigrants, are hanged at the Schuylkill County and Carbon County, Pennsylvania prisons
  • 1878-12-18 John Kehoe, the last of the Molly Maguires, is executed in Pennsylvania
  • 1879-06-21 Frank W. Woolworth opens his 1st successful "F. W. Woolworth Great Five Cent Store" on North Queen Street, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • 1887-02-02 In Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, the first Groundhog Day is observed.
  • 1888-07-11 Pennsylvania's Monongehela River rises 32' after 24 hour rainfall
  • 1888-10-10 Teatotalers excursion train crushed, killing 64 at Mud Run, Pennsylvania
  • 1891-01-27 Mine explosion kills 109 at Mount Pleasant Pennsylvania
  • 1892-02-23 1st college student government forms at Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
  • 1892-06-04 Oil City and Titusville, Pennsylvania, destroyed by oil tank explosion; 130 die
  • 1892-07-06 Striking steel workers in Homestead, Pennsylvania, fire on scabs, killing 7
  • 1893-02-28 Edward Acheson of Pennsylvania, patents an abrasive he names "carborundum"
  • 1897-09-10 Lattimer Massacre - a sheriff's posse kills twenty unarmed immigrant miners in Pennsylvania, United States
  • 1902-01-01 Nathan Stubblefield makes 1st public demonstration of radio, Pennsylvania
  • 1902-05-12 140,000 miners of anthracite coal in Pennsylvania go out on a strike called by the United Mine Workers after the owners have refused to recognize the UMW, negotiate or submit to arbitration
  • 1903-01-12 Rhodes Opera House burns in Boyertown, Pennsylvania killing 170
  • 1904-01-05 -42°F (-41.1°C), Smethport, Pennsylvania (state record)
  • 1904-01-25 179 die in coal mine explosion at Cheswick, Pennsylvania

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1906-10-19 Frederick Winslow Taylor is awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Science by the University of Pennsylvania

Mechanical Engineer Frederick Winslow Taylor
Mechanical Engineer
Frederick Winslow Taylor
  • 1907-12-19 239 workers died in a coal mine explosion in Jacobs Creek, Pennsylvania
  • 1908-11-28 154 men die in coal mine explosion at Marianna, Pennsylvania
  • 1910-12-19 Rayon 1st commercially produced in Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania

Famous Birthdays

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  • 1621-04-23 William Penn, English admiral and politician, father of the founder of the Province of Pennsylvania, born in St. Thomas Parish, Bristol (d. 1670)

Person of interestWilliam Penn

1644-10-14 William Penn, English Philosopher, Quaker and founder of Pennsylvania, born in London, England (d. 1718)

English Philosopher and Founder of Pennsylvania William Penn
English Philosopher and Founder of Pennsylvania
William Penn
  • 1663-05-20 William Bradford, English-born colonial printer (Pennsylvania's first printing press), born in Leicestershire, England (d. 1752)
  • 1696-11-02 Conrad Weiser, Pennsylvania's ambassador to the Native Americans, born in Herrenberg, Germany (d. 1760)
  • 1699-03-23 John Bartram, naturalist and explorer, father of American botany, born near Darby, Pennsylvania (d. 1777)

Person of interestWilliam Allen

1704-08-05 William Allen, Mayor of Philadelphia, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Mayor of Philadelphia William Allen
Mayor of Philadelphia
William Allen
  • 1712-10-12 William Shippen, American physician and delegate to the Continental Congress, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1801)
  • 1722-11-19 Benjamin Chew, Chief Justice of colonial Pennsylvania (d. 1810)

Person of interestJohn Dickinson

1732-11-13 John Dickinson, American lawyer and Governor of Delaware and Pennsylvania, born in Talbot County, Maryland (d. 1808)

Founding Father of the United States John Dickinson
Founding Father of the United States
John Dickinson

Person of interestDaniel Boone

1734-11-02 Daniel Boone, American frontiersman and explorer (US Hall of Fame 1915), born in Reading, Pennsylvania (d. 1820)

Frontiersman Daniel Boone
Frontiersman
Daniel Boone
  • 1740-03-24 John Antes, American composer and missionary, born in Frederick, Pennsylvania (d. 1811)
  • 1740-05-02 Elias Boudinot, American lawyer and patriot, President of the Continental Congress, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1821)

Person of interestAnthony Wayne

1745-01-01 Anthony Wayne, American military leader (Legion of the United States), born in Easttown Township, Province of Pennsylvania (d. 1796)

Military Leader Anthony Wayne
Military Leader
Anthony Wayne

Person of interestBetsy Ross

1752-01-01 Betsy Ross [Elizabeth Griscom], American seamstress widely credited with making the first American flag, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1836)

Seamstress Credited with Creating the First American Flag Betsy Ross
Seamstress Credited with Creating the First American Flag
Betsy Ross
  • 1752-07-27 Samuel Smith, American politician, Senator and Representative from Maryland, born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania (d. 1839)
  • 1756-07-04 William Rush, American sculptor (Spirit of the Schuylkill), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1833)
  • 1759-05-01 Jacob Albright, German-American Christian leader, founder of Albright's People (Evangelical Association), born in Fox Mountain, Pennsylvania (d. 1808)
  • 1760-02-14 Richard Allen, 1st African American ordained by Methodist-Episcopal church, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1831)
  • 1763-07-22 James Geddes, American Engineer (Erie Canal), born in Carlisle Pennsylvania (d. 1838)

Person of interestRobert Fulton

1765-11-14 Robert Fulton, American inventor and engineer (first commercial steamboat), born in Little Britain, Pennsylvania (d. 1815)

Commercial Steamboat Inventor Robert Fulton
Commercial Steamboat Inventor
Robert Fulton
  • 1771-06-12 Patrick Gass, sergeant of Lewis & Clark Expedition, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1870)
  • 1778-04-06 Joseph Funk, early American composer, born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania (d. 1862)
  • 1787-06-27 Thomas Say, American naturalist and father of descriptive entomology, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1834)
  • 1787-12-10 Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, pioneer of educating the deaf, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Person of interestJames Buchanan

1791-04-23 James Buchanan, 15th US President (1857-61), born in Cove Gap, Pennsylvania (d. 1868)

15th US President James Buchanan
15th US President
James Buchanan
  • 1792-07-10 George Mifflin Dallas, American politician (11th Vice President of the United States) and United States Minister to Russia, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1864)
  • 1793-12-15 Henry Charles Carey, economist (Principles of Poli Economy), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1796-07-26 George Catlin, American author and painter (American Indian scenes), born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (d. 1872)
  • 1796-08-25 James Lick, American land baron in California, born in Stumpstown, Pennsylvania (d. 1876)
  • 1799-03-08 Simon Cameron, U.S. Senator and Secretary of War (Union), born in Maytown, Pennsylvania (d. 1889)
  • 1802-03-16 George Archibald McCall, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1868)
  • 1804-07-10 Emma Smith, Inaugural President of the Women's Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, born in Harmony Township, Pennsylvania (d. 1879)
  • 1805-09-30 Samuel Peter Heintzelman, American Major General (Union Army), born in Manheim, Pennsylvania (d. 1880)
  • 1806-03-09 Edwin Forrest, American actor and philanthropist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1872)
  • 1806-05-16 George C Cadwalader, American Major General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1879)
  • 1807-04-24 Charles Ferguson Smith, American Major General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1862)
  • 1808-08-01 Henry Darwin Rogers, American Geologist (theory of mountain building, first geological mapping of Pennsylvania), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1866)
  • 1808-10-05 Thomas Algeo Rowley, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1892)
  • 1809-01-15 Cornelia Connelly, founder (Society of the Holy Child Jesus), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1809-11-13 John A. Dahlgren, US Navy officer and inventor (Civil war Dahlgren-cannon), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1870)
  • 1810-08-21 Thomas Jefferson McKean, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Burlington, Pennsylvania (d. 1870)
  • 1810-11-02 Andrew Atkinson Humphreys, American Major General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1883)
  • 1811-08-21 William Kelly, American inventor (pneumatic process of steelmaking), born in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania (d. 1888)
  • 1812-06-14 Fernando Wood, American politician, New York City mayor (1855-58 and 1860-62), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1881)
  • 1813-06-08 David Dixon Porter, United States Navy admiral, born in Chester, Pennsylvania (d. 1891)
  • 1813-06-25 William High Keim, American politician and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Reading, Pennsylvania (d. 1862)
  • 1813-09-11 Conrad Feger Jackson, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Alsace Township, Pennsylvania (d. 1862)
  • 1815-01-15 Henry Morris Naglee, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1886)
  • 1815-03-13 James Curtis Hepburn, American missionary and linguist, born in Milton, Pennsylvania (d. 1911)
  • 1815-09-08 Alexander Ramsey, American politician (1st Governor of Minnesota Territory), born in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania (d. 1903)
  • 1816-01-07 Stephen Miller, American politician (Governor of Minnesota) Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Perry County, Pennsylvania (d. 1881)
  • 1816-08-04 Israel Vogdes, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Chester County, Pennsylvania (d. 1889)
  • 1817-02-28 James Craig, American lawyer, politician and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Washington County, Pennsylvania (d. 1888)
  • 1817-03-26 Herman Haupt, American civil engineer and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1905)
  • 1817-07-21 Joseph K Barnes, American Major General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1883)
  • 1817-07-29 James Blair Steedman, American Major General (Union Army), born in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania (d. 1883)
  • 1819-02-14 Christopher Latham Sholes, American newspaper man, politician and inventor of the typewriter, born in Mooresburg, Pennsylvania (d. 1890)
  • 1819-03-19 David Henry Williams, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania (d. 1891)
  • 1819-07-08 Alexander Hays, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Franklin, Pennsylvania (d. 1864)
  • 1819-12-30 John White Geary, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania (d. 1873)
  • 1820-07-10 Andrew Porter, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania (d. 1872)
  • 1820-09-20 George Washington Morgan, American lawyer, politician, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Washington County, Pennsylvania (d. 1893)
  • 1820-09-20 John Fulton Reynolds, American Major General (Union Army), born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania (d. 1863)
  • 1820-10-11 Alfred Washington Ellet, American civil engineer and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania (d. 1895)
  • 1820-12-26 Gustavus Adolphus Smith, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania(d. 1885)
  • 1821-03-24 [George] Hector Tyndale, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1880)
  • 1821-05-22 Alfred Sully, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1879)
  • 1822-01-27 Thomas Leiper Kane, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1883)
  • 1822-04-05 James Nagle, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Reading, Pennsylvania (d. 1866)
  • 1822-06-11 Samuel Davis Sturgis, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania (d. 1889)
  • 1822-12-03 Charles Adam Heckman, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Easton, Pennsylvania (d. 1896)
  • 1823-02-27 William Buel Franklin, American Major General (Union Army), born in York, Pennsylvania (d. 1903)
  • 1823-03-27 Samuel Kosciusko Zook, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Tredyffrin Township, Pennsylvania (d. 1863)
  • 1823-03-30 Joseph Farmer Knipe, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania (d. 1901)
  • 1823-08-10 Charles Thomas Campbell, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in St. Thomas Township, Pennsylvania (d. 1895)
  • 1823-12-28 Thomas Alexander Scott, American businessman and Assistant Secretary of War (Civil War), born in Peters Township, Pennsylvania (d. 1881)
  • 1824-02-14 Winfield Scott Hancock, American politician and Major General (Union Army), born in Montgomeryville, Pennsylvania (d. 1886)
  • 1824-07-25 George B. Vashon, American, lawyer, academic and poet, first African American lawyer in NY, born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania (d. 1878)
  • 1824-09-21 Joseph Andrew Jackson Lightburn, American Baptist Minister and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Webster, Pennsylvania (d. 1901)
  • 1826-04-09 Thomas Hewson Neill, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1885)

Person of interestStephen Foster

1826-07-04 Stephen Foster, American composer (Oh! Susanna, Swanee River), born in Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania (d. 1864)

Father of American Music Stephen Foster
Father of American Music
Stephen Foster
  • 1826-07-08 Benjamin Henry Grierson, American Major General (Union Army), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1911)
  • 1826-07-08 Robert Kingston Scott, American governor of South Carolina (1868-1872) and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania (d. 1900)
  • 1826-11-30 George Washington Deitzler, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Pine Grove, Pennsylvania (d. 1884)

Person of interestGeorge McClellan

1826-12-03 George McClellan, American Major General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1885)

Union General George McClellan
Union General
George McClellan
  • 1826-12-22 James Scott Negley, American politician and Major General (Union Army), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1901)
  • 1827-04-20 John Gibbon, American Major General (Union Army), born in Holmesburg, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1896)
  • 1827-05-07 Francis Engle Patterson, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1862)
  • 1827-05-11 Septimus Winner, American songwriter (Listen To The Mockingbird), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1902)
  • 1827-11-14 Isaac Wistar, American lawyer, author, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1905)
  • 1828-01-24 Adam Jacoby Slemmer, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania (d. 1868)
  • 1828-07-21 John Rutter Brooke, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Pottstown, Pennsylvania (d. 1926)
  • 1829-02-15 Silas Weir Mitchell, American physician (discovered causalgia, erythromelalgia) and author (Roland Blake, Hugh Wynne), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1914)
  • 1829-09-24 James St Clair Morton, American engineer, author, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1864)
  • 1829-11-08 Samuel Wylie Crawford, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Franklin County, Pennsylvania (d. 1892)
  • 1830-01-31 James G. Blaine, US Secretary of State (1881 and 1889-92) known as the "Plumed Knight", born in West Brownsville, Pennsylvania (d. 1893)
  • 1830-12-16 John Frederick Hartranft, American politician, 17th Governor of Pennsylvania (1873-1879), and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in New Hanover Township, Pennsylvania (d. 1889)

Person of interestLouisa May Alcott

1832-11-29 Louisa May Alcott, American author (Little Women), born in Germantown, Pennsylvania (d. 1888)

  • 1833-04-10 David McMurtrie Gregg, American diplomat and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania (d. 1916)
  • 1833-08-07 Powell Clayton, American politician, diplomat, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Delaware County, Pennsylvania (d. 1914)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1779-04-08 US Defector General Benedict Arnold (38) weds Peggy Shippen (18) at Shippen's townhouse in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

US Defector General Benedict Arnold
US Defector General
Benedict Arnold

HeartWedding of Interest

1850-07-22 Composer Stephen Foster (24) weds Jane Denny McDowell at Trinity Episcopal Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Father of American Music Stephen Foster
Father of American Music
Stephen Foster

HeartWedding of Interest

1913-10-14 Athlete Jim Thorpe (25) weds Margaret Iva Miller at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Carlisle, Pennsylvania

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe

HeartWedding of Interest

1916-12-30 MLB player Honus Wagner (42) weds Bessie Baine Smith (26) at St John's Church in Carnegie, Pennsylvania

MLB Shortshop Honus Wagner
MLB Shortshop
Honus Wagner

HeartWedding of Interest

1930-09-04 Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall (21) weds Vivien Burey at First African Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

First Black Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall
First Black Supreme Court Justice
Thurgood Marshall

HeartWedding of Interest

1934-06-28 Novelist Kenneth Patchen (22) weds Miriam Patchen in nearby Sharon, Pennsylvania

Poet/Novelist Kenneth Patchen
Poet/Novelist
Kenneth Patchen

HeartWedding of Interest

1985-01-30 NFL Quarterback Dan Marino (23) weds Claire Veazey at St. Regis Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania

Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback Dan Marino
Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback
Dan Marino

HeartWedding of Interest

2001-06-03 Writer and actress Tina Fey (31) weds "Saturday Night Live" composer Jeff Richmond (40) on a Greek Orthodox ceremony at The Merion Tribute House in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Actress & Writer Tina Fey
Actress & Writer
Tina Fey
  • 2005-07-30 Actress Sheryl Lee Ralph (49) weds Pennsylvania Senator Vincent Hughes (48) at the First African Methodist Episcopal Church in Los Angeles
  • 2009-07-25 "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" actor Marc Blucas (37) weds journalist Ryan Haddon (38) in Erie, Pennsylvania
  • 2009-09-26 "American Idol" runner-up Justin Guarini (30) weds Reina Capodici (27) at a private estate in Doylestown, Pennsylvania
  • 2009-09-29 American Idol's first runner-up Justin Guarini (30) weds Reina Capodici (27) in Doylestown, Pennsylvania
  • 2013-07-08 Model Amber Rose (29) weds rapper Wiz Khalifa (25) in Pennsylvania

Famous Deaths

  • 1670-09-16 William Penn, English admiral and politician, father of the founder of the Province of Pennsylvania, dies at 49

Person of interestWilliam Penn

1718-07-30 William Penn, English Philosopher, Quaker and founder of Pennsylvania (No cross, no crown), dies at 73

English Philosopher and Founder of Pennsylvania William Penn
English Philosopher and Founder of Pennsylvania
William Penn
  • 1752-05-23 William Bradford, English-born printer (Pennsylvania's first printing press), dies at 89
  • 1760-07-13 Conrad Weiser, Pennsylvania's ambassador to the Native Americans, dies at 63

Person of interestJohn Dickinson

1808-02-14 John Dickinson, American lawyer and Governor of Delaware and Pennsylvania, dies at 75

Founding Father of the United States John Dickinson
Founding Father of the United States
John Dickinson
  • 1810-01-20 Benjamin Chew, Chief Justice of colonial Pennsylvania (b. 1722)
  • 1866-05-29 Henry Darwin Rogers, American Geologist (theory of mountain building, first geological mapping of Pennsylvania), dies at 57
  • 1893-11-22 James Calder, 5th President of the Pennsylvania State University (b. 1826)
  • 1921-12-31 Boies Penrose, U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania (b. 1860)
  • 1987-01-22 R. Budd Dwyer, American Pennsylvania State Treasurer who shot himself at a televised news conference while facing prison for conspiracy and perjury, shoots himself to death, at 47
  • 1994-06-08 William Marshall, American singer, bandleader and actor (State Fair, Pennsylvanians), dies at 76
  • 2003-01-24 Lucien Blackwell, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania), dies at 71
  • 2006-09-01 Bob O'Connor, mayor of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (b. 1944)
  • 2006-12-12 Raymond P. Shafer, 38th Governor of Pennsylvania (b. 1917)
  • 2008-11-12 Catherine Baker Knoll, 30th Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania, (b. 1930)
  • 2017-08-24 Charlie Robertson, American politician (mayor of York, Pennsylvania 1994-2002), dies of cancer at 83
  • 2017-09-24 Joseph M. McDade, American politician (Rep-R-Pennsylvania, 1963-1999), dies at 85