1815 in the United States
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|1815 in the United States|
|Years:||1812 1813 1814 – 1815 – 1816 1817 1818|
The Star Spangled Banner, 15 stars, 15 stripes (1795–1818)
Events from the year 1815 in the United States. As news slowly spread of the Treaty of Ghent (1814) ending the War of 1812, battles between American and British forces continued in the early months of the year.
- President: James Madison (Democratic-Republican)
- Vice President: vacant
- Chief Justice: John Marshall
- Speaker of the House of Representatives: Langdon Cheves (Dem.-Rep.-South Carolina) (until March 4), Henry Clay (Dem.-Rep.-Kentucky) (starting December 4)
- Congress: 13th (until March 4), 14th (starting March 4)
- Governor of Connecticut - John Cotton Smith
- Governor of Delaware - Daniel Rodney
- Governor of Georgia - Peter Early then David Brydie Mitchell
- Governor of Kentucky - Isaac Shelby
- Governor of Louisiana - William C. C. Claiborne
- Governor of Maryland - Levin Winder
- Governor of Massachusetts - Caleb Strong
- Governor of New Hampshire - John Taylor Gilman
- Governor of New Jersey - William Sanford Pennington then William Kennedy then Mahlon Dickerson
- Governor of New York - Daniel D. Tompkins
- Governor of North Carolina - William Miller
- Governor of Ohio - Thomas Worthington
- Governor of Pennsylvania - Simon Snyder
- Governor of Rhode Island - William Jones
- Governor of South Carolina - David Rogerson Williams
- Governor of Tennessee - Willie Blount then Joseph McMinn
- Governor of Vermont - Martin Chittenden then Jonas Galusha
- Governor of Virginia - Wilson Cary Nicholas
- January 8 – War of 1812 – Battle of New Orleans: American forces under General Andrew Jackson defeat an invading British force.
- February – The Hartford Convention arrives in Washington, DC.
- February 6 – New Jersey grants the first American railroad charter to a John Stevens.
- February 7–12 – War of 1812 – Second Battle of Fort Bowyer: British forces capture Fort Bowyer near Mobile, Alabama in what would be the last land battle between the Americans and British in the War of 1812. The British halt their advance two days later when informed of the Treaty of Ghent.
- February 15 – War of 1812 – The United States Senate ratifies the Treaty of Ghent.
- September 23 – The Great September Gale of 1815 is the first hurricane to strike New England in 180 years.
- The second wave of Amish immigration to North America begins.
- War of 1812 (1812–1815)
- January 10 – John J. McRae, United States Senator from Mississippi from 1851 till 1852. (died 1868)
- January 16 – Lemuel J. Bowden, United States Senator from Virginia from 1863 till 1864. (died 1864)
- January 18:
- March 9 – David Davis, United States Senator from Illinois from 1877 till 1883. (died 1886)
- April 1 – Henry B. Anthony, United States Senator from Rhode Island from 1859 till 1884. (died 1884)
- September 8 – Alexander Ramsey, Governor of Minnesota from 1860 till 1863 and United States Senator from Minnesota from 1863 till 1875. (died 1903)
- September 19 – Charles B. Mitchel, United States Senator from Arkansas from 1862 till 1864. (died 1864)
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- Media related to 1815 in the United States at Wikimedia Commons