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1792 in the United States

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1792 in the United States

Events from the year 1792 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: Jonathan Trumbull, Jr. (Pro-Admin.-Connecticut)
  • Congress: 2nd
  • January–March

  • February 20 – The Postal Service Act, establishing the United States Post Office Department, was signed by President George Washington.
  • March 20 – A new capital of North Carolina and county seat of the newly formed Wake County was established after North Carolina State Senator and surveyor William Christmas submitted his design for the city. A few months later the capital was officially named Raleigh in honor of Sir Walter Raleigh.
  • April–June

  • April 2 – The Coinage Act is passed establishing the United States Mint.
  • April 5 – United States President George Washington vetoes a bill designed to apportion representatives among U.S. states. This is the first time the presidential veto is used in the United States.
  • May 10 – Union Bank is founded in Boston. In 1925 it merges with State Street Trust Company, now known as the State Street Corporation
  • May 11 – Robert Gray's Columbia River expedition: Captain Robert Gray becomes the first explorer to enter the Columbia River.
  • May 17 – The Buttonwood Agreement is signed, beginning the New York Stock Exchange.
  • June 1 – Kentucky becomes the 15th state of The United States of America (see History of Kentucky).
  • October–December

  • October 12 – The first Columbus Day celebration in the United States is held in New York City, 300 years after his arrival in the New World.
  • October 13 – Foundation of Washington, D.C.: The cornerstone of the United States Executive Mansion, known as the White House after 1818, is laid.
  • October 29 – Mount Hood (Oregon) is named after British Admiral Lord Hood by Lt. William Broughton of the Vancouver Expedition, who spots the mountain near the mouth of the Willamette River.
  • December 3 – George Washington is re-elected President of the United States.
  • Undated

  • George Anschutz constructs the first blast furnace in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • Shiloh Meeting House, predecessor of Shiloh United Methodist Church in Lynchburg, Virginia, is founded.
  • Ongoing

  • Northwest Indian War (1785–1795)
  • Births

  • February 15 – Floride Calhoun, wife of John C. Calhoun, Second Lady of the U.S. (died 1866)
  • July 10 - George M. Dallas, 11th Vice President of the United States from 1845 till 1849. (died 1864)
  • September 7 - David J. Baker, United States Senator from Illinois in 1830. (died 1869)
  • November 15 - Isaac Toucey, United States Senator from Connecticut from 1851 till 1857. (died 1869)
  • December 5 - James Guthrie, United States Senator from Kentucky from 1865 till 1868. (died 1869)
  • Date Unknown - Robert H. Adams United States Senator from Mississippi in 1830. (died 1830)
  • Deaths

  • July 18 – John Paul Jones, British-born sailor and the United States's first well-known naval fighter in the American Revolution. (born 1747)
  • October 7 – George Mason, patriot, statesman and delegate (born 1725)
  • December 8 – Henry Laurens, 5th President of the Continental Congress, signatory of the Articles of Confederation, father of John Laurens (born 1724)
  • References

    1792 in the United States Wikipedia

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