1802 in the United States
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|1802 in the United States|
|Years:||1799 1800 1801 – 1802 – 1803 1804 1805|
The Star Spangled Banner, 15 stars, 15 stripes (1795–1818)
Events from the year 1802 in the United States.
- President: Thomas Jefferson (Democratic-Republican)
- Vice President: Aaron Burr (Democratic-Republican)
- Chief Justice: John Marshall
- Speaker of the House of Representatives: Nathaniel Macon (Dem.-Rep.-North Carolina)
- Congress: 7th
- Governor of Connecticut - Jonathan Trumbull, Jr.
- Governor of Delaware - James Sykes then David Hall
- Governor of Georgia - Josiah Tattnall, Sr. then Josiah Tattnall, Sr. then John Milledge
- Governor of Kentucky - James Garrard
- Governor of Maryland - John Francis Mercer
- Governor of Massachusetts - Caleb Strong
- Governor of New Hampshire - John Taylor Gilman
- Governor of New Jersey - Joseph Bloomfield then John Lambert
- Governor of New York - George Clinton
- Governor of North Carolina - Benjamin Williams then John Baptista Ashe
- Governor of Pennsylvania - Thomas McKean
- Governor of Rhode Island - Arthur Fenner
- Governor of South Carolina - John Drayton then James Burchill Richardson
- Governor of Tennessee - Archibald Roane
- Governor of Vermont - Isaac Tichenor
- Governor of Virginia - James Monroe then John Page
- March 16 – Congress authorizes the establishment of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.
- April 19 – The Judiciary Act of 1802 is enacted, reorganizing the federal court system.
- April 30 – The Enabling Act of 1802 authorizes the creation of Ohio from the Northwest Territory and sets a precedent for the creation of future states from the western territories.
- June 1 – William Thornton is appointed the first superintendent of the United States Patent Office.
- July 4 – At West Point, New York the United States Military Academy opens.
- October 2 – First Barbary War: Fighting ends between Sweden and Tripoli. The United States also negotiates peace, but war continues over the size of compensation.
- October 12 – Joseph Gardner Swift and Simeon Magruder Levy become the first graduates of the United States Military Academy.
- U.S. House of Representatives elections: 142 representatives are elected, 36 more than the 7th Congress, following reapportionment from the 1800 United States Census.
- First Barbary War (1801–1805)
- April 2 – Archibald Dixon, United States Senator from Kentucky from 1852 till 1855. (died 1876)
- May 10 – James Westcott, United States Senator from Florida from 1845 till 1849. (died 1880)
- June 10 – James W. Bradbury, United States Senator from Maine from 1847 till 1853. (died 1901)
- June 30 – Benjamin Fitzpatrick, United States Senator from Alabama from 1848 till 1849 and from 1853 till 1861. (died 1869)
- August 10 – Dixon Hall Lewis, United States Senator from Alabama from 1844 till 1848. (died 1848)
- November 5 – James F. Trotter, United States Senator from Mississippi in 1838. (died 1866)
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- A Register of Marriages and Deaths, 1802. The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 24, No. 2 (1900), pp. 207–211
- W. L. McAtee. Journal of Benjamin Smith Barton on a Visit to Virginia, 1802. Castanea, Vol. 3, No. 7/8 (November - December , 1938), pp. 85–117
- Elizabeth G. McPherson. The Southern States and the Reporting of Senate Debates, 1789-1802. The Journal of Southern History, Vol. 12, No. 2 (May 1946), pp. 223–246
- Bennard B. Perlman. Baltimore Mansion, 1801-03. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Vol. 14, No. 1 (March , 1955), pp. 26–28
- C. Richard Arena. Philadelphia-Mississippi Valley trade and deposit closure of 1802. Pennsylvania History, Vol. 30, No. 1 (January 1963), pp. 28–45
- Sidney Forman. Why the United States Military Academy was Established in 1802. Military Affairs, Vol. 29, No. 1 (Spring, 1965), pp. 16–28
- Elizabeth Gaspar Brown, Augustus B. Woodward, J. H. Kearney. A Jeffersonian's Recommendations for A Lawyer's Education: 1802. The American Journal of Legal History, Vol. 13, No. 2 (April , 1969), pp. 139–144
- Jerry W. Knudson. The Jeffersonian Assault on the Federalist Judiciary, 1802–1805; Political Forces and Press Reaction. The American Journal of Legal History, Vol. 14, No. 1 (January , 1970), pp. 55–75
- Howard A. Ohline. Georgetown, South Carolina: Racial Anxieties and Militant Behavior, 1802. The South Carolina Historical Magazine, Vol. 73, No. 3 (July , 1972), pp. 130–140
- Theodore J. Crackel. Jefferson, Politics, and the Army: An Examination of the Military Peace Establishment Act of 1802. Journal of the Early Republic, Vol. 2, No. 1 (Spring, 1982), pp. 21–38
- John W. Wagner. New York City Concert Life, 1801-5. American Music, Vol. 2, No. 2 (Summer, 1984), pp. 53–69
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