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1790 in the United States

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1790 in the United States

Events from the year 1790 in the United States.


Federal Government

  • President: George Washington (no political party-Virginia)
  • Vice President: John Adams (F-Massachusetts)
  • Chief Justice: John Jay (New York)
  • Speaker of the House of Representatives: Frederick Muhlenberg (Pro-Admin.-Pennsylvania)
  • Congress: 1st
  • January–March

  • January 8 – President of the U.S. George Washington gives the first State of the Union address, in New York City.
  • February 1 – In New York City the Supreme Court of the United States convenes for the first time.
  • February 11 – Two Quaker delegates petition the United States Congress for the abolition of slavery.
  • March 1 – The first United States census is authorized.
  • March 21 – Thomas Jefferson reports to President George Washington in New York City as the new United States Secretary of State.
  • April–June

  • April 10 – The United States patent system is established.
  • May 26 – Southwest Ordinance creates a Southwest Territory.
  • May 29 – Rhode Island ratifies the United States Constitution and becomes the last of the 13 original states to do so (see History of Rhode Island).
  • June 20 – Compromise of 1790: Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and Alexander Hamilton come to an agreement: Madison agrees to not be "strenuous" in opposition for the assumption of state debts by the federal government; Hamilton agrees to support the capital site being above the Potomac.
  • July–September

  • July 10 – The House of Representatives votes one where to locate the national capital.
  • July 16 – The signing of the Residence Act establishes a site along the Potomac River as the District of Columbia, the capital district of the United States.
  • July 31 – Inventor Samuel Hopkins becomes the first to be issued a U.S. patent (for an improved method of making potash).
  • August 2 – The first United States Census is taken.
  • August 4 – A newly passed U.S. tariff act creates the United States Revenue Cutter Service, the forerunner of the Coast Guard.
  • Undated

  • The first United States federal budget bill is introduced by Alexander Hamilton.
  • 5.1% of Americans are living in centers of 2,500 or more people.
  • Ongoing

  • Northwest Indian War (1785–1795)
  • Births

  • January 6 – Arnold Naudain, United States Senator from Delaware from 1830 till 1836. (died 1872)
  • January 17 – Powhatan Ellis, United States Senator from Mississippi from 1825 till 1826 and from 1827 till 1832. (died 1863)
  • March 29 – John Tyler, tenth President of the United States from 1841 till 1845, tenth Vice President of the United States from March till April 1841. (died 1862)
  • June 1 – Chester Ashley, United States Senator from Arkansas from 1844 till 1848. (died 1848)
  • October 1 – Henry H. Chambers, United States Senator from Alabama from 1825 till 1826. (died 1826)
  • Deaths

  • April 17 - Benjamin Franklin, Publisher, inventor, congressman, ambassador, abolitionist and American icon. (born 1706)
  • References

    1790 in the United States Wikipedia

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