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1788 in the United States

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1788 in the United States

Events from the year 1788 in the United States.

Contents

Federal Government

  • Congress of the Confederation
  • Events

  • January 2 – Georgia ratifies the United States Constitution and becomes the 4th U.S. state under the new government (see History of Georgia).
  • January 9 – Connecticut ratifies the United States Constitution and becomes the 5th U.S. state (see History of Connecticut).
  • January 22 – the Continental Congress, effectively a caretaker government, elects Cyrus Griffin as its last president.
  • February 1 – Isaac Briggs and William Longstreet patent the steamboat in Georgia.
  • February 6 – Massachusetts ratifies the United States Constitution and becomes the 6th U.S. state (see History of Massachusetts).
  • March 21 – Great New Orleans Fire (1788) kills 25% of the population and destroys 856 buildings, including St. Louis Cathedral and the Cabildo, leaving most of the town in ruins.
  • April 7 – American pioneers establish the town of Marietta (in modern-day Ohio), the first permanent American settlement outside the original Thirteen Colonies.
  • April 13 – A riot, the Doctors' Mob, begins. Residents of Manhattan are angry about grave robbers stealing bodies for doctors to dissect. The rioting is suppressed on the 15th.
  • April 28 – Maryland ratifies the United States Constitution and becomes the 7th U.S. state (see History of Maryland).
  • May 23 – South Carolina ratifies the United States Constitution and becomes the 8th U.S. state (see History of South Carolina).
  • June 21 – New Hampshire ratifies the United States Constitution and becomes the 9th U.S. state (see History of New Hampshire), the Constitution goes into effect.
  • June 25 – Virginia ratifies the United States Constitution and becomes the 10th U.S. state under the new government (see History of Virginia).
  • July 26 – New York ratifies the United States Constitution and becomes the 11th U.S. state (see History of New York).
  • November 15 – Cyrus Griffin resigns as President of the Continental Congress after only two delegates arrived for the final session.
  • Ongoing

  • Articles of Confederation in effect (1781–1788)
  • Northwest Indian War (1785–1795)
  • Births

  • April 14 – David Gouverneur Burnet, politician (died 1870)
  • September 15 – Gerard Brandon, 4th and 6th Governor of Mississippi from 1825 till 1826 and from 1826 till 1832. (died 1850)
  • September 21 – Margaret Taylor, wife of Zachary Taylor, First Lady of the United States (died 1852)
  • November 8 – Jabez W. Huntington, United States Senator from Connecticut from 1840 till 1847. (died 1847)
  • Date unknown – Sacagawea, interpreter and guide on the Lewis and Clark Expedition (died 1812)
  • Deaths

  • January 9 – Benedict Swingate Calvert, judge (born c. 1730-1732)
  • February 28 – Thomas Cushing, 1st Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts (born 1725)
  • March 29 – Charles Wesley (born 1707)
  • References

    1788 in the United States Wikipedia


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