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 (Virginia), elected 5th US President, defeating Federalist Rufus King

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), (d. 1895)
  • Dec 8 August Belmont, Sr., Prussian-born American financier (d. 1890)
  • Dec 13 Clement Claiborne Clay, MC (Confederacy), (d. 1882)

Person of interestWerner von Siemens

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

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, composer, dies at 44
  • Dec 16 Vincenzo Galeotti, [Tomazelli], Italian dancer/choreographer, dies at 73