On This Day

What Happened in December 1816

Historical Events

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

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

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

5th US President James Monroe
5th US President
James Monroe
  • Dec 10 Dutch regain Sumatra from the British
  • Dec 11 Citizens of Geneva thwarted 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)

Person of interestWerner 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)

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