What Happened in October 1837

Historical Events

  • Oct 1 "Racer's" Hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico
  • Oct 1 US imposes treaty on Winnebago Indians in Wisconsin
  • Oct 9 Meeting at the U.S. Naval Academy establishes the U.S. Naval Institute.
  • Oct 9 Steamboat "Home" sinks off Okracoke, North Carolina, killing 100
  • Oct 31 Collision of river boat Monmouth & Trement on Mississippi; 300 die

Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 8 Otto Winter-Hjelm, Norwegian musician and composer, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 1931)
  • Oct 14 Ellison Capers, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1908)
  • Oct 16 John Francis Barnett, British composer, born in London (d. 1916)
  • Oct 18 Friedrich Wilhelm Mengelberg, German-Dutch sculptor and architect of church interiors, born in Cologne (d. 1919)
  • Oct 26 James Lawlor Kieran, Irish-American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Mountbellew, County Galway (d. 1869)
  • Oct 28 Tokugawa Yoshinobu, 15th and last shōgun of the Tokugawa shogunate of Japan, born in Edo, Japan (d. 1913)

Abraham Kuyper

Oct 29 Abraham Kuyper, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (1901-05), born in Maassluis, Netherlands (d. 1920)

  • Oct 29 Harriet Powers, African-American slave and quilt maker (Bible Quilt 1886), born in Clarke County, Georgia (d. 1910)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 1 Robert Clark, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from New York (1819-21), dies at 60
  • Oct 5 Hortense de Beauharnais, French Queen of Holland (1806-10), dies at 54
  • Oct 6 Jean-Francois Le Sueur, composer, dies at 77
  • Oct 9 Charles Fourier, French utopian socialist (Harmony universal), dies
  • Oct 11 Samuel Wesley, British organist and composer referred to as "The English Mozart" (Exultate Deo), dies at 71
  • Oct 12 Wilhelmine of Prussia, Queen of the Netherlands (1815-37), dies at 62
  • Oct 15 Ivan Dmitriev, Russian statesman and poet, dies at 77
  • Oct 17 Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Austrian composer, dies at 58