1785 in the United States
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|1785 in the United States|
|Years:||1782 1783 1784 – 1785 – 1786 1787 1788|
13 stars, the Betsy Ross version (1777–95)
Events from the year 1785 in the United States.
- Sixth Confederation Congress (January 11, 1785 – November 4, 1785, New York, New York), Seventh Confederation Congress (November 7, 1785 – November 3, 1786, New York)
- President of the Confederation Congress: Richard Henry Lee (until November 4, 1785), John Hancock (starting November 23, 1785)
- January 7 – Frenchman Jean-Pierre Blanchard and American John Jeffries travel from Dover, England to Calais, France in a hydrogen gas balloon, becoming the first to cross the English Channel by air.
- January 11 – The Confederation Congress reconvenes in New York City having previously convened in Trenton, New Jersey.
- January 21 – The Treaty of Fort McIntosh is signed between the United States government and representatives of the Wyandotte, Delaware, Chippewa and Ottawa nations of Native Americans.
- January 27 – The University of Georgia is founded by Abraham Baldwin
- March 28 – Delegates from Virginia and Maryland meet at the Mount Vernon Conference to deal with issues regarding use of the Pokemoke and Potomac Rivers and the Chesapeake Bay. A suggestion to expand the interstate negotiations eventually leads to the Annapolis Convention (1786).
- May 20 – The Land Ordinance of 1785 is adopted by the United States Congress to raise money by selling land acquired from the Treaty of Paris.
- June 1 – John Adams, the first American ambassador to Great Britain, has his first meeting with King George III at the Court of St. James's.
- July 6 – The dollar is unanimously chosen as the money unit for the United States (the first time a nation has adopted a decimal coinage system).
- September 10 – The Treaty of Amity and Commerce (Prussia-USA) between the Kingdom of Prussia and the United States of America is signed, promoting free trade and demanding the unconditionally humane custody for war prisoner, a novelty at the time.
- November 28 – The Treaty of Hopewell is signed between the United States of America and the Cherokee Nation.
- The North Carolina General Assembly incorporates Lincolnton, North Carolina (named for American General Benjamin Lincoln) as the new county seat for Lincoln County.
- June 24 – Alexander Porter, United States Senator from Louisiana from 1833 till 1837, born in County Donegal, Ireland. (died 1844)
- September 1 – Philip Allen, United States Senator from Rhode Island from 1853 till 1859. (died 1865)
- September 11 – Presley Spruance, United States Senator from Delaware from 1847 till 1853. (died 1863)
- December 23 – Alfred Cuthbert, United States Senator from Georgia from 1835 till 1843. (died 1856)
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