What Happened in September 1789

Historical Events

  • Sep 2 US Treasury Department established by Congress

Appointment of Interest

Sep 11 Alexander Hamilton appointed 1st Secretary of the US Treasury

Historic Publication

Sep 12 Jean-Paul Marat publishes the first issue of his radical newspaper Le Publiciste parisien, later called L'Ami du peuple (The Friend of the People) in Paris

  • Sep 13 1st loan to US government (from NYC banks)
  • Sep 15 US Department of Foreign Affairs, renamed Department of State

Historic Discovery

Sep 17 William Herschel discovers Mimas, satellite of Saturn

  • Sep 18 1st loan is made to pay salaries of the presidents & Congress
  • Sep 22 US Congress passes act requiring the first Postmaster General to report to the President through the Secretary of the Treasury

Historic Event

Sep 24 President George Washington nominates John Jay for 1st Chief Justice

  • Sep 24 US Attorney General Office is created
  • Sep 24 US Congress establishes Post Office Department following the new constitution
  • Sep 24 US Federal Judiciary Act passes, creating a six-person Supreme Court
  • Sep 26 4th US Postmaster General: Samuel Osgood of Mass takes office
  • Sep 26 Edmund Randolph becomes the 1st US Attorney General

Appointment of Interest

Sep 26 Thomas Jefferson appointed 1st US Secretary of State; John Jay becomes 1st US Chief Justice

  • Sep 29 US War Department establishes a regular army

Famous Birthdays

  • Sep 1 Franz Anton Adam Stockhausen, composer
  • Sep 3 Edmund Passy, Swedish composer, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1870)
  • Sep 9 William Cranch Bond, American astronomer (codiscovered Hyperion), born in Falmouth, Maine (d. 1859)

James Fenimore Cooper

Sep 15 James Fenimore Cooper, 1st major American novelist (The Last of the Mohicans), born in Burlington, New Jersey (d. 1851)

  • Sep 28 Richard Bright, English physician (Bright's Disease/nephritis), born in Bristol, England (d. 1858)

Famous Deaths

  • Sep 11 Luca Sorkocevic, Croatian composer, dies at 55
  • Sep 12 Franz Xaver Richter, Austro-Moravian singer, violinist, composer, conductor and music theorist, dies at 79
  • Sep 23 John Rogers, American Continental Congressman (b. 1723)
  • Sep 28 Thomas Day, British author and abolitionist (The History of Sandford and Merton), killed by fall from a horse at Wargrave Berkshire at 41