What Happened in December 1816

Historical Events

  • Dec 2 First savings bank in US opens (Philadelphia Savings Fund Society)

Election of Interest

Dec 4 James Monroe is elected to become the 5th President of the United States, defeating Rufus King of the Federalist Party

  • Dec 10 Dutch regain Sumatra from the British
  • Dec 11 Citizens of Geneva thwart Savoyard invaders
  • Dec 11 Indiana becomes 19th state of the Union
  • Dec 13 Patent for a dry dock issued to John Adamson, Boston
  • Dec 28 American Colonization Society organizes
  • Dec 30 The Treaty of St. Louis is proclaimed.

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 6 Henry Eustace McCulloch, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Rutherford County, Tennessee (d. 1895)
  • Dec 8 August Belmont, Prussian-American financier and diplomat (U.S. Minister to the Netherlands 1853-57), born in Alzey, Hesse, Germany (d. 1890)
  • Dec 13 Clement Claiborne Clay, American politician (U.S. Senator from Alabama), born in Huntsville, Alabama (d. 1882)

Werner von Siemens

Dec 13 [Ernst] Werner von Siemens, German inventor (siemens electrical conductance unit) and industrialist (Siemens corporation), born in Lenthe, German Confederation (d. 1892)

  • Dec 18 Alfred Elzey Jones, Major General (Confederate Army), (d. 1871)
  • Dec 27 Eliakim Parker Scammon, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Whitefield, Maine (d. 1894)
  • Dec 29 Carl Ludwig, German physician and physiologist, born in Witzenhausen, Germany (d. 1895)

Famous Weddings

  • Dec 30 English Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley (24) marries 2nd wife writer "Frankenstein" Mary Godwin (19) and daughter of early feminist writer Mary Wollstonecraft

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 15 Charles Stanhope, 3rd earl Stanhope, English radical politician and scientist, dies at 63
  • Dec 15 Joseph Franz Maximilian Lobkowitz, Bohemian aristocrat and composer, dies at 44
  • Dec 16 Vincenzo Galeotti [Tomazelli], Italian dancer/choreographer, dies at 73