On This Day

March 1837 in History

Events in History

  • Mar 3 Congress increases US Supreme Court membership from 7 to 9

Historic Event

Mar 3 US President Andrew Jackson and Congress recognize the Republic of Texas

President Inaugurated

Mar 4 Martin Van Buren inaugurated as the 8th President of the United States

  • Mar 4 Weekly Advocate changes its name to the Colored American
  • Mar 4 Chicago becomes incorporated as a city

Historic Event

Mar 12 British poet laureate Robert Southey writes in reply to 20 year-old Charlotte Brontë "Literature cannot be the business of a woman's life, and it ought not to be." [1]

  • Mar 24 Canada gives its black citizens the right to vote

Birthdays in History

  • Mar 1 Ion Creanga, Romanian fairy tale author (Amintiti the Copilarie)
  • Mar 1 William Dean Howells, American novelist/critic/editor (Atlantic)
  • Mar 7 Henry Draper, American astronomer (Moon, Orion Nebula), born in Prince Edward County, Virginia (d. 1882)
  • Mar 14 Charles Ammi Cutter, American librarian (Expansive classification), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1903)

Grover Cleveland

Mar 18 Grover Cleveland, 22nd and 24th US President (1885-89, 1893-97), born in Caldwell, New Jersey (d. 1908)

  • Mar 19 Robert Daniel Johnston, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1919)
  • Mar 24 Prince Philippe, Count of Flanders and son of Leopold I, born in Royal Castle of Laeken, Belgium (d. 1905)
  • Mar 31 Robert Ross McBurney, 1st paid secretary of the YMCA

Deaths in History

  • Mar 13 Nikita P Panin, Russian diplomat and minister of Foreign affairs, dies at 66
  • Mar 29 Maria Fitzherbert, English morganatic wife of King George IV, dies at 80
  • Mar 31 John Constable, English landscape painter (Hay Wain), dies at 60