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1793 in the United States

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1793 in the United States

Events from the year 1793 in the United States.


Federal Government

  • President: George Washington (no political party-Virginia)
  • Vice President: John Adams (F-Massachusetts)
  • Chief Justice: John Jay (originally from New York)
  • Speaker of the House of Representatives: Jonathan Trumbull, Jr. (Pro-Admin.-Connecticut) (until March 4), Frederick Muhlenberg (Anti-Admin.-Pennsylvania) (starting December 2)
  • Congress: 2nd (until March 4), 3rd (starting March 4)
  • January–March

  • January 9 – Jean-Pierre Blanchard becomes the first to fly in a gas balloon in the Western Hemisphere, from Walnut Street Jail in Philadelphia to Deptford Township, New Jersey. George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe are among the spectators.
  • February 12 – The Fugitive Slave Act is passed by Congress as the first of the federal fugitive slave laws under the U.S. Constitution.
  • February 25 – George Washington holds the first Cabinet meeting as President of the United States.
  • February 27 – The Giles resolutions are introduced to the United States House of Representatives, asking the House to condemn Alexander Hamilton's handling of loans.
  • March 1 – John Langdon becomes President Pro Tempore of the United States Senate until March 3.
  • March 4 – Second inauguration of George Washington: George Washington is sworn in as President of the United States in Philadelphia for his second term.
  • April–June

  • April 22 – George Washington signs the Neutrality Proclamation.
  • July–September

  • July 9 – The Constitution of Vermont is adopted.
  • August 1–November 9 – The yellow fever epidemic of 1793 hits Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 5,000 die.
  • September 18 – United States Capitol cornerstone laying: President George Washington lays the cornerstone for the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.
  • October–December

  • October 12 – The cornerstone of Old East, the oldest state university building in the United States, is laid in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, on the campus of the University of North Carolina (the 12th of October is subsequently celebrated at the University as University Day).
  • October 28 – Eli Whitney applies for patent for his cotton gin (the patent is granted the following March).
  • December 9 – New York City's first daily newspaper, the American Minerva, is established by Noah Webster.
  • Undated

  • The first year of regular production begins for the United States Mint in Philadelphia and the half cent is minted for the first time.
  • Ongoing

  • Northwest Indian War (1785–1795)
  • Births

  • January 3 – Lucretia Mott, women's rights activist and abolitionist (died 1880)
  • January 4 – Roger Sherman Baldwin, U.S. Senator from Connecticut from 1847 to 1851 (died 1863)
  • January 14 – John C. Clark, politician (died 1852)
  • March 2 – Sam Houston, President of the Republic of Texas (died 1863)
  • June 6 – Edward C. Delavan, temperance leader (died 1871)
  • July 19 – Thomas Doughty, landscape painter (died 1856)
  • August 25 – John Neal, author and critic (died 1876)
  • October 28 – Eliphalet Remington, gunmaker (died 1861)
  • November 3 – Stephen F. Austin, empresario (died 1836)
  • December 15 – Henry Charles Carey, economist (died 1879)
  • Date unknown
  • Sandy Cornish, freed slave and farmer (died 1869)
  • John Slidell, U.S. Senator from Louisiana from 1853 to 1861 (died 1871 in the United Kingdom)
  • Deaths

  • July 23 – Roger Sherman, lawyer, statesman and signatory of the Declaration of Independence (born 1721)
  • October 8 – John Hancock, businessman, smuggler, statesman, patriot and signatory of the Declaration of Independence (born 1737)
  • Date unknown – Philip Phile, violinist and composer (born c.1734 in Germany)
  • References

    1793 in the United States Wikipedia

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