Historical Events in December 1836

  • Dec 4 Whig party holds its first national convention, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Dec 7 Martin Van Buren elected the 8th President of the United States

8th US President Martin Van Buren
8th US President
Martin Van Buren
  • Dec 10 Emory College (now Emory University) is chartered in Oxford, Georgia.
  • Dec 14 The Toledo War unofficially ends
  • Dec 15 Patent Office burns in Washington D.C.
  • Dec 27 Worst English avalanche kills 8 of 15 buried (Lewes Sussex)
  • Dec 28 Spain recognizes independence of Mexico
  • Dec 28 Proclamation of South Australia as a British Province. Formal proclamation was read out in what is now the Adelaide suburb of Glenelg North by Captain (later Rear Admiral, Governor, Sir) John Hindmarsh
  • Dec 30 Lehman Theater in St Petersburg catches fire; 100s die