1814 in the United States
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|1814 in the United States|
|Years:||1811 1812 1813 – 1814 – 1815 1816 1817|
The Star Spangled Banner, 15 stars, 15 stripes (1795–1818)
Events from the year 1814 in the United States.
- President: James Madison (Democratic-Republican)
- Vice President: Elbridge Gerry (Democratic-Republican) (until November 23), vacant (starting November 23)
- Chief Justice: John Marshall
- Speaker of the House of Representatives: Henry Clay (Dem.-Rep.-Kentucky) (until January 19), Langdon Cheves (Dem.-Rep.-South Carolina) (starting January 19)
- Congress: 13th
- Governor of Connecticut: John Cotton Smith (Federalist)
- Governor of Delaware: Joseph Haslet (Democratic-Republican) (until January 18), Daniel Rodney (Federalist) (starting January 18)
- Governor of Georgia: Peter Early (Democratic-Republican)
- Governor of Kentucky: Isaac Shelby (Democratic-Republican)
- Governor of Louisiana: William C. C. Claiborne (Democratic-Republican)
- Governor of Maryland: Levin Winder (Federalist)
- Governor of Massachusetts: Caleb Strong (Federalist)
- Governor of New Hampshire: John Taylor Gilman (Federalist)
- Governor of New Jersey: William Sanford Pennington (Democratic-Republican)
- Governor of New York: Daniel D. Tompkins (Democratic-Republican)
- Governor of North Carolina: William Hawkins (Democratic-Republican) (until November 29), William Miller (Democratic-Republican) (starting November 29)
- Governor of Ohio:
- Governor of Pennsylvania: Simon Snyder (Democratic-Republican)
- Governor of Rhode Island: William Jones (Federalist)
- Governor of South Carolina: Joseph Alston (Democratic-Republican) (until December 10), David Rogerson Williams (Democratic-Republican) (starting December 10)
- Governor of Tennessee: Willie Blount (Democratic-Republican)
- Governor of Vermont: Martin Chittenden (Federalist)
- Governor of Virginia: James Barbour (Democratic-Republican) (until December 1), Wilson Cary Nicholas (Democratic-Republican) (starting December 1)
- January 22–24 – Creek War – Andrew Jackson fights the Red Sticks at the battles of Emuckfaw and Enotachopo Creek.
- January 27 – Creek War – Battle of Callabee Creek: Red Sticks unsuccessfully attack Georgia volunteers in present-day Macon County, Alabama.
- March 9 – The USS Enterprise reaches Wilmington, North Carolina, returning from the Caribbean.
- March 27 – War of 1812 – Battle of Horseshoe Bend: In northern Alabama, United States forces under General Andrew Jackson defeat the Creek Indians.
- May 5 – War of 1812 – The British attack Fort Ontario at Oswego, New York.
- July 5 – War of 1812 – Battle of Chippawa: American Major General Jacob Brown defeats British General Phineas Riall at Chippawa, Ontario.
- July 24 – War of 1812 – General Phineas Riall advances toward Niagara Falls, Ontario to halt Jacob Brown's American invaders.
- July 25 – War of 1812 – Battle of Lundy's Lane: Reinforcements arrive near Niagara Falls, Ontario for General Phineas Riall's British and Canadian force, and a bloody, all-night battle with Jacob Brown's Americans commences at 1800 hours; Americans retreat to Fort Erie.
- July 26–August 4 – War of 1812 – Americans fail to recapture Fort Mackinac at the Battle of Mackinac Island.
- August 24 – War of 1812 – Battle of Bladensburg: British forces defeat the Americans at Bladensburg, Maryland, allowing the British to enter Washington, D.C.
- August 24 – War of 1812 – British troops occupy Washington, D.C., setting numerous buildings on fire, including the Capitol.
- August 28 – War of 1812 – Alexandria, Virginia offers surrender to the British fleet without a fight.
- September 11 – War of 1812 – Battle of Lake Champlain: An American squadron under Thomas Macdonough defeats the British squadron, ultimately forcing the invading army to retreat back into Canada.
- September 13 – War of 1812 – The British bombard Fort McHenry at Baltimore. The British failure at the Battle of Baltimore is a turning point in the war, and the American defense of the fort inspires Francis Scott Key to compose the poem later set to music as "The Star-Spangled Banner".
- September 21 – War of 1812 – British forces abandon the Siege of Fort Erie.
- November 7 – War of 1812 – Andrew Jackson seizes Pensacola, Florida.
- November 23 – Vice President Elbridge Gerry dies from heart failure. The office remains vacant through the remainder of James Madison's presidency.
- December 15 – The Hartford Convention is convened by members of the American Federalist Party.
- December 24 – War of 1812 – The Treaty of Ghent is signed, officially ending the war. The treaty is later ratified by the Americans on February 16, 1815.
- Completion of the Boston Manufacturing Company's integrated cotton weaving mill on the Charles River at Waltham, Massachusetts, engineered by Paul Moody for Francis Cabot Lowell and the 'The Boston Associates', and inaugurating the Waltham-Lowell system of manufacturing.
- "The world's first complex machine mass-produced from interchangeable parts", Eli Terry's wooden pillar-and-scroll clock, comes off the production line in Plymouth, Connecticut.
- January 1 – William Bigler, United States Senator from Pennsylvania from 1856 till 1861. (died 1880)
- February 9 – Samuel J. Tilden, Governor of New York and presidential candidate (died 1886)
- February 22 – Henry P. Baldwin, Governor of Michigan from 1869 till 1873 and United States Senator from Michigan from 1879 till 1881. (died 1892)
- April 29 – Homer V.M. Miller, United States Senator in Georgia from 1871. (died 1896)
- June 11 – Henry Whitney Bellows, clergyman of the Unitarian Church (died 1882)
- June 22 – James H. Lane United States Senator from Kansas from 1861 till 1866. (died 1866)
- July 19 – Samuel Colt, inventor (died 1862)
- July 22 – Robert Ward Johnson, United States Senator from Arkansas from 1862 till 1865. (died 1879)
- August 5 – James Dixon, United States Senator from Connecticut from 1857 till 1869. (died 1873)
- November 13 – Joseph Hooker, General in the Union Army during American Civil War (died 1879)
- December 28 – Jeremiah Clemens, United States Senator from Alabama from 1849 till 1853. (died 1865)
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- January 7 – Ira Allen, one of the founders of Vermont and brother of Ethan Allen (born 1751)
- October 19 – Mercy Otis Warren, historian and poet (born 1728)
- November 23 – Elbridge Gerry, Vice President of the United States (born 1744)
- Boston Mechanics of 1814. Proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical Society, Second Series, Vol. 14, [Vol. 34 of continuous numbering] (1900–1901)
- A. T. Mahan. The Negotiations at Ghent in 1814. The American Historical Review, Vol. 11, No. 1 (October, 1905), pp. 68–87
- Alfred F. Hopkins. Volunteer Corps Hat of 1814. Military Affairs, Vol. 5, No. 4 (Winter, 1941), pp. 271–272
- Earl S. Pomeroy. The Lebanon Blues in the Baltimore Campaign, 1814: Extracts from a Company Orderly Book. Military Affairs, Vol. 12, No. 3 (Autumn, 1948), pp. 168–174
- Margaret Manigault, Bernerd C. Weber, Brooks Thompson. Letter from Mrs. Margaret Manigault to Mrs. Alice Izard, 1814. The South Carolina Historical Magazine, Vol. 54, No. 3 (July, 1953), pp. 156–158
- Guillaume de Bertier de Sauvigny. The American Press and the Fall of Napoleon in 1814. Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, Vol. 98, No. 5 (October 15, 1954), pp. 337–376
- John Cook Wyllie. "Observations Made during a Short Residence in Virginia": In a Letter from Thomas H. Palmer, May 30, 1814. The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 76, No. 4 (October, 1968), pp. 387–414
- Reginald Horsman. Nantucket's Peace Treaty with England in 1814. The New England Quarterly, Vol. 54, No. 2 (June, 1981), pp. 180–198
- Richard M. Candee. Social Conflict and Urban Rebuilding: The Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Brick Act of 1814. Winterthur Portfolio, Vol. 32, No. 2/3 (Summer - Autumn, 1997), pp. 119–146
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