United States of America in History (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 1,637


USAThe Shot Heard Round the World

1775-04-19 American Revolution begins in Lexington, Massachusetts. The "Shot Heard Round the World" took place in Concord later that day
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'Battle on Lexington Green' as painted by William Barnes Wollen
'Battle on Lexington Green' as painted by William Barnes Wollen
  • 1775-05-10 American Revolution: Green Mountain Boys capture Fort Ticonderoga, New York
  • 1775-05-17 American Revolutionary War: the Continental Congress bans trade with Canada

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1775-06-14 US Army first forms as the Continental Army to fight American Revolutionary War

US General Nathanael Greene
US General
Nathanael Greene

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1775-06-15 George Washington appointed commander-in-chief of the Continental Army, the day after Congress establishes the force

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1775-07-26 US Continental Congress creates United States Post Office (U.S.P.O.) in Philadelphia under Benjamin Franklin

United States Founding Father Benjamin Franklin
United States Founding Father
Benjamin Franklin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1775-09-25 American Revolutionary War hero Ethan Allen captured

American Revolutionary War Patriot Ethan Allen
American Revolutionary War Patriot
Ethan Allen

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1775-10-18 African-American poet Phillis Wheatley freed from slavery

  • 1775-11-13 American Revolutionary forces capture Montreal
  • 1775-12-31 Battle of Quebec in American Revolutionary War; Americans defeated trying to take British stronghold

Book releaseHistoric Publication

1776-01-10 "Common Sense" Pamphlet by Thomas Paine published, advocating American independence

Voice of the American Revolution Thomas Paine
Voice of the American Revolution
Thomas Paine
  • 1776-03-02 Americans begin shelling British troops in Boston
  • 1776-03-03 American commodore Esek Hopkins occupies Nassau, Bahamas
  • 1776-03-04 American War of Independence: The Americans capture Dorchester Heights dominating the port of Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1776-05-02 France & Spain agreed to give weapons to American rebels
Engrossed copy of the United States Declaration of Independence
Engrossed copy of the United States Declaration of Independence

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1776-08-10 American Revolutionary War: word of the United States Declaration of Independence reaches London.

Presbyterian Minister John Witherspoon
Presbyterian Minister
John Witherspoon
  • 1776-08-27 British defeat Americans in Battle of Long Island
  • 1776-08-29 Americans withdraw from Manhattan to Westchester
  • 1776-09-09 Congress officially renames the country as the United States of America (from the United Colonies)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1776-09-21 Nathan Hale, spied on British for American rebels, arrested

US Patriot and Soldier Nathan Hale
US Patriot and Soldier
Nathan Hale
  • 1776-10-26 Benjamin Franklin departs for France on a mission to seek French support for the American Revolution
  • 1776-11-16 1st gun salute for an American warship in a foreign port - US Andrew Doria at Fort St Eustatius (Dutch Caribbean isalnd)
  • 1776-11-16 British troops capture Fort Washington during American Revolution
  • 1776-12-19 Thomas Paine publishes his 1st "American Crisis" essay beginning"These are the times that try men's souls" (date disputed)
  • 1776-12-26 George Washington defeats Hessians at Battle of Trenton in American Revolutionary War
  • 1777-03-08 Regiments from Ansbach and Bayreuth, sent to support Great Britain in the American Revolutionary War, mutiny in the town of Ochsenfurt
  • 1777-07-06 British General Burgoyne captures Fort Ticonderoga from Americans
  • 1777-07-07 American Revolutionary War: Battle of Hubbardton
  • 1777-08-28 American Revolutionary War - Battle of Cooch's Bridge takes place near Newark, Delaware.
  • 1777-09-03 Flag of the United States flown in battle for the 1st time at Cooch's Bridge, Delaware, a skirmish during American Revolutionary War

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

1777-09-11 Battle of Brandywine, Pennysylvania; Americans lose to the British, Polish soldier Casimir Pulaski saves life of George Washington

Military Leader Casimir Pulaski
Military Leader
Casimir Pulaski
First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington

BattleBattle of Interest

1777-09-20 Battle of Paoli; British forces under Major General Charles Grey attacks Brigadier General Anthony Wayne's encampment. Claims the British gave no quarter leads to engagement becoming known as the "Paoli Massacre"

Military Leader Anthony Wayne
Military Leader
Anthony Wayne

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1777-09-26 British General William Howe occupies Philadelphia during American Revolution

Military Leader William Howe
Military Leader
William Howe
  • 1777-10-07 Americans beat British in Second Battle of Saratoga & Battle of Bemis Heights
  • 1777-12-17 France recognizes independence of British colonies in America

  • 1778-01-20 1st American military court martial trial begins in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 1778-05-01 American Revolution: The Battle of Crooked Billet begins in Hatboro, Pennsylvania.
  • 1778-06-28 Mary Ludwig Hayes "Molly Pitcher" aids American patriots

BattleDeclaration of War

1778-07-10 American Revolution: Louis XVI of France declares war on the Kingdom of Great Britain

King of France Louis XVI
King of France
Louis XVI
  • 1778-09-04 City of Amsterdam signs trade agreement with American rebels
  • 1778-09-19 The Continental Congress passes the first budget of the United States.
  • 1779-07-15 American troops under General A Wayne conquer Fort Stony Point, NY

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1779-09-28 American Revolution: Samuel Huntington is elected President of the Continental Congress, succeeding John Jay

1st US Chief Justice John Jay
1st US Chief Justice
John Jay
  • 1780-01-15 American Continental Congress establishes court of appeals

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1780-05-04 American Academy of Arts & Science founded in Boston, James Bowdoin, John and Samuel Adams founding members

US Revolutionary Samuel Adams
US Revolutionary
Samuel Adams
  • 1780-06-23 American Revolution: Battle of Springfield fought in and around Springfield, New Jersey (including Short Hills, formerly of Springfield, now of Millburn Township
  • 1780-08-16 British decisively defeat Americans in Battle of Camden, South Carolina
  • 1780-10-07 British defeated by American militia near Kings Mountain, SC
  • 1780-10-16 Royalton, Vermont and Tunbridge, Vermont last major raid of the American Revolutionary War
  • 1780-11-05 French-American force under Colonel LaBalme is defeated by Miami Chief Little Turtle
  • 1781-04-29 French fleet occupies Tobago during American War of Independence

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

1781-09-05 American Revolutionary War: French fleet of 24 ships under Comte de Grasse defeat British forces under Admiral Graves at the Battle of the Chesapeake [Battle of the Virginia Capes] and trap Cornwallis

British Admiral Samuel Hood
British Admiral
Samuel Hood

Victory in BattleSurrender at Yorktown

1781-09-28 9,000 American and 7,000 French troops begin siege of Yorktown
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'Surrender of Lord Cornwallis' by John Trumbull depicting the British surrender which ended the American Revolutionary War
'Surrender of Lord Cornwallis' by John Trumbull depicting the British surrender which ended the American Revolutionary War

BattleBattle of Interest

1781-10-09 Americans under George Washington and the French under Comte de Rochambeau begin bombardment of Yorktown, the last battle of American Revolutionary War

Financier Haym Salomon
Financier
Haym Salomon
Military Leader Comte de Rochambeau
Military Leader
Comte de Rochambeau
First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1782-04-19 John Adams secures Dutch Republic's recognition of the United States as an independent government and house he purchased in The Hague, Netherlands became first American embassy.

2nd US President John Adams
2nd US President
John Adams
  • 1782-06-20 Congress approves Great Seal of the United States of America and the bald eagle as its symbol
  • 1782-07-01 American privateers attack Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
  • 1783-04-11 Hostilities formally cease in the American Revolutionary War
  • 1783-04-18 Fighting ceases in the American Revolution, eight years to the day when it began

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1783-05-02 Architect Pierre Charles L'Enfant is promoted by brevet to Major of Engineers in recognition of his service to American liberty

Washington D.C. Architect Pierre Charles L'Enfant
Washington D.C. Architect
Pierre Charles L'Enfant
  • 1783-05-18 First United Empire Loyalists reach Parrtown, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada after leaving the United States
  • 1783-09-03 Treaty of Paris signed in Paris ends the American Revolutionary War between Great Britain and United States of America
  • 1783-11-02 General George Washington, later 1st US President, bids farewell to his army after the American Revolutionary War
  • 1783-11-25 Britain evacuates New York city, its last military position in the United States
  • 1784-01-26 Benjamin Franklin expresses unhappiness over eagle as America's symbol
  • 1784-09-21 Pennsylvania Packet and Daily Advertiser becomes the 1st successful daily newspaper in the United States
  • 1784-11-26 Catholic Apostolic Prefecture of the United States established
  • 1785-11-28 The Treaty of Hopewell is signed between the Confederation Congress of the United States of America and the Cherokee people
  • 1786-09-24 African American slave and poet Jupiter Hammon makes his "Address to the Negroes of the State of New York" speech advocating emancipation at meeting of African Society in NY
  • 1786-11-07 The oldest musical organization in the United States is founded as the Stoughton Musical Society.
  • 1787-04-16 1st American comedy, "The Contrast," makes its debut in NYC
  • 1787-05-06 1st African American Masonic Lodge (African # 459) forms Prince Hall, Boston
  • 1787-06-20 Oliver Ellsworth moves at the Federal Convention to call the government the United States

USABill of Rights

1787-09-12 American statesman George Mason suggests the addition of a Bill of Rights to the Constitution modeled on previous state declarations, but the motion is defeated
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The bill of rights as it was created on September 25, 1789
The bill of rights as it was created on September 25, 1789
  • 1787-10-26 "Federalist Papers" published, calls for ratification of United States' Constitution
  • 1789-01-21 1st American novel, WH Brown's "Power of Sympathy" is published
  • 1789-04-30 George Washington is inaugurated as the first President of the United States of America
  • 1789-06-09 Spanish capture British schooner Northwest America near Vancouver Island
  • 1789-10-02 George Washington transmits the proposed Constitutional amendments (The United States Bill of Rights) to the States for ratification
  • 1789-11-06 Pope Pius VI appoints Father John Carroll as the first Catholic bishop in the United States.
  • 1790-03-13 John Martin, 1st American-born actor, performs in Philadelphia
  • 1790-08-09 Robert Gray's Columbia Rediviva returns to Boston after 3 year journey, 1st American ship to circumnavigate the Globe

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1791-08-19 Benjamin Banneker sends a copy of his Almanac and writes a letter to Thomas Jefferson criticizing his pro-slavery stance and requesting justice for African Americans using language from the Declaration of Independence

Mathematician, Astronomer and Almanac Author Benjamin Banneker
Mathematician, Astronomer and Almanac Author
Benjamin Banneker
3rd US President Thomas Jefferson
3rd US President
Thomas Jefferson
  • 1792-04-02 The Coinage Act is passed establishing the United States Mint and authorizing the $10 Eagle, $5 half-Eagle & 2.50 quarter-Eagle gold coins & silver dollar, ½ dollar, quarter, dime & half-dime
  • 1793-06-11 1st American stove patent is granted to Robert Haeterick
  • 1793-07-22 Alexander Mackenzie reaches the Pacific Ocean, becoming the first Euro-American to complete a transcontinental crossing of Canada

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1793-12-09 Noah Webster establishes New York's 1st daily newspaper, the "American Minerva"

Lexicographer Noah Webster
Lexicographer
Noah Webster
  • 1794-03-27 The United States Government establishes a permanent navy and authorizes the building of six frigates.
  • 1794-06-05 US Congress passes the Neutrality Act, banning Americans from serving in foreign armed forces
  • 1796-11-03 John Adams elected as 2nd president of the United States of America
  • 1797-01-30 US Congress refuses to accept 1st petition from African American
  • 1797-04-17 Sir Ralph Abercromby attacks San Juan, Puerto Rico, one of the largest invasions of Spanish territories in America
  • 1797-05-10 1st US Navy ship, the "United States," is launched
  • 1800-01-02 Free African American community of Philadelphia petitions US Congress to abolish the slave trade
  • 1800-01-30 US population: 5,308,483; African American population 1,002,037 (18.9%)
  • 1801-05-10 First Barbary War: The Barbary pirates of Tripoli declare war on the United States of America (1st US foreign war)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1803-07-04 The Louisiana Purchase is announced to the American people by President Thomas Jefferson

3rd US President Thomas Jefferson
3rd US President
Thomas Jefferson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1804-07-11 Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr mortally wounds former Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton in a pistol duel

1st US Secretary of Treasury Alexander Hamilton
1st US Secretary of Treasury
Alexander Hamilton
3rd Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr
3rd Vice President of the United States
Aaron Burr
  • 1804-07-12 Former United States Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton dies after being shot in a pistol duel by Vice President Aaron Burr

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 9,880

  • 1750-05-08 Elias Mann, American composer, born in Weymouth, Massachusetts (d. 1825)
  • 1750-07-25 Henry Knox, American general (Continental Army and later the United States Army), born in Boston, Massachusetts Bay (d. 1806)

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
  • 1752-01-02 Philip Freneau, poet of American Revolution (The American Village)
  • 1752-01-19 James Morris III, American army officer (d. 1820)
  • 1752-01-31 Gouverneur Morris, American lawmaker and diplomat (d. 1816)
  • 1752-05-14 Timothy Dwight, American theologian (d. 1817)
  • 1752-07-27 Samuel Smith, American politician, Senator and Representative from Maryland, born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania (d. 1839)
  • 1752-11-29 Jemima Wilkinson [Publick Universal Friend], American preacher, founded Universal Friends sect, born in Cumberland, Rhode Island (d. 1819)

Person of interestPhillis Wheatley

1753-05-08 Phillis Wheatley, American poet who was both the second published African-American poet and first published African-American woman, born in West Africa (d. 1784)

  • 1753-05-24 Oliver Cromwell, decorated African American soldier who served with Washington in US War of Independence, born in Burlington, New Jersey
  • 1754-01-24 Andrew Ellicott, American surveyor (d. 1820)
  • 1754-01-30 John Lansing Jr., American lawyer & statesman, born in Albany, New York (d. 1829)
  • 1754-05-20 Hans Gram, Danish-born American composer (d. 1804)

Person of interestPierre Charles L'Enfant

1754-08-02 Pierre Charles L'Enfant, French-born American architect who laid out Washington, D.C., born in Paris, France (d. 1825)

Washington D.C. Architect Pierre Charles L'Enfant
Washington D.C. Architect
Pierre Charles L'Enfant
  • 1754-12-02 William Cooper, American judge and developer (founded Cooperstown, New York), born in Smithfield, Pennsylvania (d. 1809)
  • 1754-12-07 Jack Jouett, American politician and patriot (warn Thomas Jefferson of British attack), born in Albemarle County, Virginia (d. 1822)

Person of interestAlexander Hamilton

1755-01-11 Alexander Hamilton, US Founding Father and 1st United States Secretary of the Treasury (1789-95), born in Charlestown, Nevis, West Indies (d. 1804)

1st US Secretary of Treasury Alexander Hamilton
1st US Secretary of Treasury
Alexander Hamilton
  • 1755-05-21 Alfred Moore, American judge (d. 1810)
  • 1755-09-09 Benjamin Bourne, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Rhode Island), born in Bristol, Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, British America (d. 1808)

Person of interestJohn Marshall

1755-09-24 John Marshall, 4th Chief Justice of the United States (1801-35), born in Germantown, Virginia (d. 1835)

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States John Marshall
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
John Marshall
  • 1756-01-29 Henry "Light Horse Harry" Lee III, Congressman, Governor of Virginia and American General

Person of interestMarquis de Lafayette

1757-09-06 Marquis de Lafayette, American patriot and French revolutionary, born in Chavaniac, France (d. 1834)

French General and Aristocrat Marquis de Lafayette
French General and Aristocrat
Marquis de Lafayette
  • 1758-09-10 Hannah Webster Foster, American author (The Coquette; or, The History of Eliza Wharton), born in Salisbury, Massachusetts (d. 1840)
  • 1759-01-17 Paul Cuffe, Mass, merchant/shipbuilder/African American nationalist
  • 1759-06-21 Alexander J. Dallas, American statesman and financier born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 1817)
  • 1759-11-13 Timothy Olmstead, early American composer (d. 1848)
  • 1760-01-03 John Storm, American Revolutionary soldier (d. 1835)
  • 1760-02-14 Richard Allen, 1st African American ordained by Methodist-Episcopal church, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1831)
  • 1760-12-02 John Breckinridge, American lawyer (5th United States Attorney General) and politician (U.S. Senator from Kentucky), born in Augusta County, Virginia (d. 1806)
  • 1762-10-23 Samuel Morey, American inventor (early internal combustion engines and was a pioneer in steamships), born in Hebron, Connecticut (d. 1843)
  • 1763-02-01 Thomas Campbell, founder (Church of Disciples in America)
  • 1763-07-22 James Geddes, American Engineer (Erie Canal), born in Carlisle Pennsylvania (d. 1838)
  • 1763-10-27 William Maclure, Scottish-American Geologist (first geological map), born in Ayr, Scotland (d. 1840)
  • 1764-05-28 Edward Livingston, American jurist and statesman, born in Columbia County, New York (d. 1836)
  • 1766-07-09 Jacob Perkins, American inventor, born in Newburyport, Massachusetts (d. 1849)

Person of interestJohn Quincy Adams

1767-07-11 John Quincy Adams, 6th President of the United States (D) (1825-1829), born in Braintree, Massachusetts (d. 1848)

6th US President John Quincy Adams
6th US President
John Quincy Adams
  • 1768-06-09 Samuel Slater, American industrialist (d. 1835)
  • 1769-10-07 Solomon Sibley, American politician (d. 1846)
  • 1770-06-20 Moses Waddel, American educator, minister and bestselling author (Memoirs of the Life of Miss Caroline Elizabeth Smelt), born in Rowan County, North Carolina (d. 1840)

Person of interestWilliam Clark

1770-08-01 William Clark, American explorer, soldier, Indian agent and territorial governor who led the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804-06 and claimed the Pacific Northwest for the United States, born in Ladysmith, Virginia (d. 1838)

Explorer and Leader of Lewis & Clark Expedition William Clark
Explorer and Leader of Lewis & Clark Expedition
William Clark
  • 1771-01-17 Charles Brockden Brown, father of American novel (Wieland)

Person of interestWilliam Henry Harrison

1773-02-09 William Henry Harrison, 9th President of the United States (Whig: March 4-April 4, 1841), born in Charles City, Virginia (d. 1841)

9th US President William Henry Harrison
9th US President
William Henry Harrison
  • 1774-05-07 William Bainbridge, American naval officer, born in Princeton, New Jersey (d. 1833)

Person of interestElizabeth Ann Bayley Seton

1774-08-28 Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton, 1st American Catholic saint (1975), born in NYC, New York (d. 1821)

1st American-born Saint Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton
1st American-born Saint
Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton
  • 1775-12-14 Philander Chase, American Episcopal Church bishop and founder of Kenyon College, born in Cornish, New Hampshire (d. 1852)

Person of interestHenry Clay

1777-04-12 Henry Clay, American politician known as "the Great Compromiser", born in Hanover County, Virginia (d. 1852)

Legislator and Orator Henry Clay
Legislator and Orator
Henry Clay
  • 1777-06-12 Robert Clark, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from New York (1819-21), born in Washington County, New York (d. 1837)
  • 1779-03-02 Joel Roberts Poinsett, American statesman and botanist (d. 1851)
  • 1779-08-01 Francis Scott Key, American lawyer, poet and composer of the lyrics to "Star-Spangled Banner", born in Carroll County, Maryland (d. 1843)
  • 1779-08-22 James Kirke Paulding, American author (The Dutchman's Fireside), born in Pleasant Valley, NY (d. 1860)
  • 1780-02-19 Richard McCarty, American politician, born in Coeymans, New York (d. 1844)
  • 1780-09-25 Jason Fairbanks, American murderer, born in Dedham, Massachusetts (d. 1801)
  • 1781-03-04 Rebecca Gratz, American educator and philanthropist (d. 1869)
  • 1781-11-29 Andres Bello, Venezuela poet/diplomat/scholar (Silvas Americanas)
  • 1782-06-19 John Bray, English-born American actor and composer (The Indian Princess) (d. 1822)
  • 1783-02-11 Jarena Lee, African American travelling minister

Person of interestWashington Irving

1783-04-03 Washington Irving, American writer (Legend of Sleepy Hollow), born in NYC, New York (d. 1859)

  • 1783-12-12 Ner Alexander Middleswarth, American politician, born in New Jersey (d. 1865)
  • 1784-04-29 Samuel Turell Armstrong, American politician and acting Governor of Massachusetts (1833- 36), born in Dorchester, Massachusetts (d. 1850)

Person of interestJohn James Audubon

1785-04-26 John James Audubon, American ornithologist and painter (The Birds of America), born in Les Cayes, Haiti (d. 1851)

Ornithologist John James Audubon
Ornithologist
John James Audubon
  • 1785-07-14 Mordecai Manuel Noah, American writer, journalist (d. 1851)
  • 1785-08-19 Seth Thomas, American manufacturer and pioneer in the mass production of clocks, born in Wolcott, Connecticut (d. 1859)
  • 1786-04-15 Walter Channing, American physician who was the first to use anesthesia during childbirth, born in Newport, Rhode Island (d. 1876)
  • 1786-09-10 William Mason, American politician, born in Lebanon, Connecticut (d. 1860)
  • 1786-10-11 Stevenson Archer, American judge and Congressmen from Maryland, born in Churchville, Maryland (d. 1848)
  • 1786-12-12 William L. Marcy, American statesman, born in Southbridge, Massachusetts (d. 1857)
  • 1787-04-19 Deaf Smith, American frontiersman and revolutionary, born in Dutchess County, New York (d. 1837)
  • 1787-06-27 Thomas Say, American naturalist and father of descriptive entomology, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1834)
  • 1789-06-15 Josiah Henson, American slave and settlement founder (d. 1883)

Person of interestJames Fenimore Cooper

1789-09-15 James Fenimore Cooper, 1st major American novelist (Last of Mohicans), born in Burlington, New Jersey

  • 1789-10-08 John Ruggles, American politician, born in Westborough, Massachusetts (d. 1874)
  • 1790-10-23 Chauncey Allen Goodrich, American clergyman (d. 1860)

Person of interestSamuel Morse

1791-04-27 Samuel Morse, American inventor (telegraph, Morse code) and painter, born in Charlestown, Massachusetts (d. 1872)

Inventor Samuel Morse
Inventor
Samuel Morse
  • 1791-06-09 John Howard Payne, American actor, playwright (Fair Warning), author and creator of the hit song "Home! Sweet Home!", born in NYC, New York (d. 1852)
  • 1792-10-03 Francisco Morazán, 2nd President of The Federal Republic of Central America, born in Tegucigalpa, Guatemala, New Spain (d. 1842)
  • 1793-01-06 James Madison Porter, American politician, born in Norristown, Pennsylvania (d. 1862)
  • 1793-01-14 John C. Clark, American politician, born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts (d. 1852)

Person of interestSam Houston

1793-03-02 Sam Houston, American born 1st President of Republic of Texas (1836-38, 1841-44) who helped bring Texas into the United States as a constituent state, born in Rockbridge County, Virginia (d. 1863)

Texan Revolutionary Sam Houston
Texan Revolutionary
Sam Houston
  • 1793-03-28 Henry Schoolcraft, American geographer and geologist, born in Guilderland, New York (d. 1864)
  • 1794-03-31 Thompson McKennan, American politician who served as the 2nd United States Secretary of the Interior (d. 1852)

Person of interestMatthew C. Perry

1794-04-10 Matthew C. Perry, Commodore of the United States Navy who opened Japan to Western influence and trade, born in Newport, Rhode Island (d. 1858)

Commodore of the US Navy Matthew C. Perry
Commodore of the US Navy
Matthew C. Perry
  • 1794-08-11 James Barton Longacre, American engraver (d. 1869)
  • 1794-10-10 William Whiting Boardman, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Connecticut), born in New Milford, Connecticut (d. 1871)
  • 1794-12-14 Erastus Corning, American businessman and politician (Mayor of Albany, New York), born in Norwich, Connecticut (d. 1872)

Person of interestJames Gordon Bennett

1795-09-01 James Gordon Bennett, Sr., American newspaper publisher (New York Herald), born in Keith, Scotland (d. 1872)

Founder of the New York Herald James Gordon Bennett
Founder of the New York Herald
James Gordon Bennett
  • 1795-09-23 Alexander Twilight, minister and politician, first African American to graduate and to hold public office, born in Corinth Vermont (d. 1857)
  • 1795-10-16 William Buell Sprague, American clergyman and author (d. 1876)

Person of interestJames Knox Polk

1795-11-02 James Knox Polk, 11th US President (Democrat: 1845-49), born in Pineville, North Carolina (d. 1849)

11th US President James Knox Polk
11th US President
James Knox Polk
  • 1796-04-10 James Bowie, American pioneer and soldier (Texas Revolution), born in Logan, Kentucky (d. 1836)

Person of interestHorace Mann

1796-05-04 Horace Mann, American educator, author and editor who pioneered public schools, born in Franklin, Massachusetts (d. 1859)

Father of American Education Horace Mann
Father of American Education
Horace Mann
  • 1796-05-04 William H. Prescott, American historian, born in Salem, Massachusetts (d. 1859)
  • 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)
  • 1797-05-06 Joseph Brackett, American religious leader (Shakers) and composer (Simple Gifts), born in Cumberland, Maine (d. 1882)
  • 1797-07-29 Daniel Drew, American financier (d. 1879)
  • 1798-04-26 James Beckwourth, American fur trader and explorer, born in Frederick County, Virginia (d. 1867)
  • 1799-05-11 John Lowell, American philanthropist (d. 1836)
  • 1799-06-23 John Milton Bernhisel, American physician (d. 1881)
  • 1799-11-03 William Sprague III, American politician (U.S. Senator from Rhode Island 1842-44)), born in Cranston, Rhode Island (d. 1856)

Famous Weddings


Famous Divorces


Famous Deaths

Deaths 101 - 200 of 4,974

  • 1802-02-26 Esek Hopkins, American Revolutionary War admiral and Commander in Chief of the Continental Navy, dies at 83
  • 1802-07-06 Daniel Morgan, American soldier and politician (Battle of Cowpens, Whiskey Rebellion), dies at 66
  • 1803-09-13 John Barry, 1st American commodore, dies
  • 1804-09-04 Richard Somers, American naval officer
  • 1804-09-29 Michael Hillegas, first Treasurer of the United States (b. 1728)
  • 1805-01-09 Noble Wimberly Jones, American Continental Congressman (b. 1723)
  • 1806-02-20 Lachlan McIntosh, Scottish-born American military and political leader (b. 1725)
  • 1806-09-09 William Paterson, American jurist and statesman (b. 1745)
  • 1806-12-22 William Vernon, American merchant (b. 1719)
  • 1807-03-04 Abraham Baldwin, American politician (b. 1754)
  • 1807-05-13 Eliphalet Dyer, American statesman and judge, dies at 85
  • 1807-05-17 John Gunby, Maryland Soldier in the American Revolutionary War (b. 1745)

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
  • 1808-05-18 Elijah Craig, American minister & inventor, dies at 70
  • 1808-09-03 John Montgomery, American Continental Congressman (b. 1722)
  • 1808-09-17 Benjamin Bourne, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Rhode Island), dies at 53
  • 1809-01-21 Josiah Hornblower, American statesman (b. 1729)

Person of interestThomas Paine

1809-06-08 Thomas Paine, English American writer (Age of Reason, Common Sense), dies at 72

Voice of the American Revolution Thomas Paine
Voice of the American Revolution
Thomas Paine
  • 1810-10-15 Alfred Moore, American judge (b. 1755)
  • 1811-12-08 Eliza Poe, English-American actress and the mother of the American author Edgar Allan Po, dies of tuberculosis at 23 or 24
  • 1811-12-17 John Antes, American composer and missionary , dies at 71
  • 1814-08-21 Benjamin Thompson, American physicist and inventor (Royal Institution of Great Britain), dies at 61
  • 1815-08-06 James A. Bayard (elder), United States Senator from Delaware (b. 1767)
  • 1815-08-18 Chauncey Goodrich, American politician (b. 1759)
  • 1816-11-06 Gouverneur Morris, American lawmaker and diplomat (b. 1752)
  • 1817-01-16 Alexander J. Dallas, American statesman and financier, dies at 57
  • 1817-09-09 Paul Cuffe, African American civil rights activist (helped settle Sierre Leone), dies at 58
  • 1818-02-13 George Rogers Clark, American frontier military leader in Revolutionary War, dies at 65

Person of interestPaul Revere

1818-05-10 Paul Revere, American silversmith and patriot who alerted the colonial militia to the approach of British forces before the battles of Lexington and Concord, dies at 83

American Patriot Paul Revere
American Patriot
Paul Revere
  • 1819-07-01 Jemima Wilkinson [Publick Universal Friend], American preacher, founded Universal Friends sect, dies at 66
  • 1820-08-28 Andrew Ellicott, American surveyor (b. 1754)
  • 1820-09-21 Joseph R Drake, American poet (American Flag), dies at 25)

Person of interestElizabeth Ann Bayley Seton

1821-01-04 Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton, 1st native-born American saint, dies in Maryland at 46

1st American-born Saint Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton
1st American-born Saint
Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton
  • 1821-10-11 John Ross Key, American lawyer, commissioned officer in the Continental Army and the father of Francis Scott Key, dies at 67
  • 1821-10-24 Elias Boudinot, American lawyer and patriot, President of the Continental Congress, dies at 81
  • 1822-06-19 John Bray, English-born American actor and composer (The Indian Princess), dies on his 40th birthday

Person of interestEli Whitney

1825-01-08 Eli Whitney, American inventor (Cotton Gin), dies of prostate cancer at 59

Inventor of the Cotton Gin Eli Whitney
Inventor of the Cotton Gin
Eli Whitney
  • 1825-05-12 Elias Mann, American composer, dies at 75

Person of interestPierre Charles L'Enfant

1825-06-14 Pierre Charles L'Enfant, French-born American architect who laid out Washington, D.C., dies at 70

Washington D.C. Architect Pierre Charles L'Enfant
Washington D.C. Architect
Pierre Charles L'Enfant
  • 1825-07-11 Thomas P. Grosvenor, American Revolutionary War soldier (b. 1744)
  • 1826-07-08 Luther Martin, American statesman (b. 1748)

Person of interestJohn Jay

1829-05-17 John Jay, US statesman and 1st US Chief Justice, dies at 83

1st US Chief Justice John Jay
1st US Chief Justice
John Jay
  • 1830-06-25 Ephraim McDowell, American physician and surgeon (pioneered abdominal surgery), dies at 58
  • 1831-05-27 Jedediah Smith, American explorer (b. 1799)
  • 1834-07-14 Edmond Charles Genêt, French ambassador to the United States during the French Revolution (b. 1763)
  • 1834-10-10 Thomas Say, American naturalist and father of descriptive entomology, dies from typhoid fever at 47

Person of interestJohn Marshall

1835-07-06 John Marshall, 4th Chief Justice of the United States (1801-35), dies at 79

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States John Marshall
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
John Marshall
  • 1835-12-13 John Storm, American Revolutionary soldier (b. 1760)

Person of interestBetsy Ross

1836-01-30 Betsy Ross [Elizabeth Griscom], American seamstress widely credited with making the first American flag, dies at 84

Seamstress Credited with Creating the First American Flag Betsy Ross
Seamstress Credited with Creating the First American Flag
Betsy Ross
  • 1836-03-06 James Butler Bonham, American lawyer from South Carolina and soldier (b. 1807)
  • 1836-03-06 Jim Bowie, American pioneer and soldier (b. 1796)
  • 1837-10-01 Robert Clark, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from New York (1819-21), dies at 60
  • 1838-08-19 James Geddes, American Engineer (Erie Canal), dies at 75

Person of interestWilliam Clark

1838-09-01 William Clark, American explorer, soldier, Indian agent and territorial governor who led the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804-06 and claimed the Pacific Northwest for the United States, dies at 68

Explorer and Leader of Lewis & Clark Expedition William Clark
Explorer and Leader of Lewis & Clark Expedition
William Clark
  • 1838-10-03 Black Hawk (chief), Leader of the Sauk Native American tribe (b. 1767)
  • 1839-04-01 Benjamin Pierce, American politician (b. 1757)
  • 1840-03-23 William Maclure, Scottish-American Geologist (first geological map), dies at 76

Person of interestWilliam Henry Harrison

1841-04-04 William Henry Harrison, 9th US President (Whig: March 4-April 4, 1841), dies of pneumonia and becomes 1st president to die in office

9th US President William Henry Harrison
9th US President
William Henry Harrison

Person of interestGeorge Childress

1841-10-06 George Childress, American lawyer and statesman (author of Texas Declaration of Independence), commits suicide at 37

Author of the Texas Declaration of Independence George Childress
Author of the Texas Declaration of Independence
George Childress
  • 1842-09-15 Francisco Morazán, 2nd President of The Federal Republic of Central America, dies at 50
  • 1843-01-11 Francis Scott Key, American lawyer, poet and composer of the lyrics to "Star Spangled Banner" dies at 63
  • 1843-04-17 Samuel Morey, American inventor (early internal combustion engines and was a pioneer in steamships), dies at 80

Person of interestNoah Webster

1843-05-28 Noah Webster, American lexicographer (Webster's Dictionary), dies at 84

Lexicographer Noah Webster
Lexicographer
Noah Webster
  • 1844-05-18 Richard McCarty, American politician, dies at 64
  • 1845-03-18 Johnny Appleseed [John Chapman], American pioneer nurseryman (introduced apple trees to Pennsylvania, Ontario, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois), dies at 70
  • 1846-01-05 Alfred Thomas Agate, American artist, dies at 33
  • 1846-04-04 Solomon Sibley, American senator from Michigan Territory (b. 1769)

Person of interestJohn Jacob Astor

1848-03-29 John Jacob Astor [Johann Jakob Astor] German-American businessman (first multi-millionaire in the United States), dies at 84

Businessman John Jacob Astor
Businessman
John Jacob Astor
  • 1848-08-15 Timothy Olmstead, early American composer, dies at 88
  • 1849-07-12 Dolley Madison, 4th First Lady Of The United States (b. 1768)
  • 1849-07-30 Jacob Perkins, American inventor, dies at 83

Person of interestEdgar Allan Poe

1849-10-07 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), dies in Baltimore at 40

  • 1849-10-16 George Washington Williams, 1st major African American historian, dies
  • 1850-03-03 Oliver Cowdery, American religious leader (Later Day Saint apostle), dies at 43
  • 1850-03-21 Miguel Pedrorena, American settler
  • 1850-03-28 Gerard C. Brandon, American politician (b. 1788)

Person of interestJohn C. Calhoun

1850-03-31 John C. Calhoun, American politician, dies of tuberculosis at 68

US Vice President John C. Calhoun
US Vice President
John C. Calhoun
  • 1850-04-12 Adoniram Judson, American Baptist missionary (b. 1788)
  • 1850-11-19 Richard Mentor Johnson, American politician (b. 1780)
  • 1851-05-22 Mordecai Manuel Noah, American writer, journalist (b. 1755)
  • 1851-09-10 Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, American pioneer of educating the deaf, dies at 63
  • 1851-09-11 Sylvester Graham, American nutritionist and minister (Graham cracker) (b. 1794)

Person of interestJames Fenimore Cooper

1851-09-14 James Fenimore Cooper, American author (Last of Mohicans), dies of dropsy at 61

  • 1852-04-09 John Howard Payne, American actor, playwright (Fair Warning), author and creator of the hit song "Home! Sweet Home!", dies at 60

Person of interestHenry Clay

1852-06-29 Henry Clay, American politician known as "the Great Compromiser", dies of tuberculosis at 75

Legislator and Orator Henry Clay
Legislator and Orator
Henry Clay
  • 1852-07-09 Thompson McKennan, American politician who served as the 2nd United States Secretary of the Interior, dies at 58
  • 1852-09-20 Philander Chase, American Episcopal Church bishop and founder of Kenyon College, dies at 76
  • 1853-04-13 James Iredell, Jr., American politician, dies at 64
  • 1854-01-18 Juda Turo, American philanthropist, dies
  • 1854-03-11 Willard Richards, American physician and religious leader, dies at 49
  • 1855-06-16 John Gorrie, American scientist and inventor (cold-air process of refrigeration), dies at 51
  • 1856-01-16 Thaddeus William Harris, American naturalist (b. 1795)
  • 1856-10-19 William Sprague III, American politician (U.S. Senator from Rhode Island 1842-44)), dies at 56
  • 1857-06-19 Alexander Twilight, American politician and minister, first African American to graduate and hold political office, dies at 61
  • 1857-07-04 William L. Marcy, American statesman, dies at 70
  • 1857-08-27 Rufus Wilmot Griswold, American poet, literary critic and editor, dies of tuberculosis at 42

Person of interestMatthew C. Perry

1858-03-04 Matthew C. Perry, Commodore of the United States Navy who opened Japan to Western influence and trade, dies of rheumatism at 63

Commodore of the US Navy Matthew C. Perry
Commodore of the US Navy
Matthew C. Perry
  • 1858-03-26 John Addison Thomas, American soldier (b. 1811)
  • 1859-01-18 Alfred Vail, American inventor and early telegraph pioneer, dies at 51
  • 1859-01-29 Seth Thomas, American manufacturer and pioneer in the mass production of clocks, dies at 73