What Happened in July 1847

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 1st US postage stamps go on sale, 5 cent Franklin and 10 cent Washington, NYC
  • Jul 2 Envelope bearing 1st US 10 cent stamps used (still exists today)
  • Jul 10 Urbain Le Leverrier and John Couch Adams, co-discoverers of Neptune, meet for 1st time at home of John Herschel
  • Jul 20 German astronomer Theodor discovers Comet Brorsen-Metcalf

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 24 Brigham Young and his Mormon followers arrive at Salt Lake City, Utah

Founder of Salt Lake City and President of the LDS Church Brigham Young
Founder of Salt Lake City and President of the LDS Church
Brigham Young
  • Jul 24 Rotary-type printing press patents received by Richard March Hoe, NYC
  • Jul 26 Moses Gerrish Farmer builds 1st miniature train for children to ride
  • Jul 26 The Liberian Declaration of Independence is signed making Liberia a sovereign nation, independent from the American Colonization Society
  • Jul 29 Cumberland School of Law founded in Lebanon, Tennessee, USA. At the end of 1847 only 15 law schools exist in the United States

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 2 Marcel Bertrand, French mine engineer (tectonic geology)
  • Jul 4 James Anthony Bailey, American circus impresario (Barnum & Bailey), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1906)
  • Jul 5 Agnes Zimmermann, German composer, born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1925)
  • Jul 20 Max Liebermann, German impressionist painter
  • Jul 31 Ignatio Cervantes, Cuban pianist and composer (Danzas Cubanas), born in Havana (d. 1905)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 28 Chancellor Otto von Bismarck (32) weds noblewoman Johanna von Puttkamer (23) in Kolczyglowy, Poland

German Statesman Otto von Bismarck
German Statesman
Otto von Bismarck

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 1 George F Kersting, German painter, dies at 61
  • Jul 11 Joachim G le Sage at Trousers, RC foreman/publicist, dies at 71
  • Jul 19 Johann Wilhelm Wilms, composer, dies at 75