1839 in the United States
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|1839 in the United States|
|Years:||1836 1837 1838 – 1839 – 1840 1841 1842|
26 stars (1837–1845)
Events from the year 1839 in the United States.
- President: Martin Van Buren (Democratic)
- Vice President: Richard Mentor Johnson (Democratic)
- Chief Justice: Roger B. Taney
- Speaker of the House of Representatives: James K. Polk (D-Tennessee) (until March 4), Robert Mercer Taliaferro Hunter (Whig-Virginia) (starting December 16)
- Congress: 25th (until March 4), 26th (starting March 4)
- Governor of Alabama - Arthur P. Bagby
- Governor of Arkansas - James Sevier Conway
- Governor of Connecticut - William W. Ellsworth
- Governor of Delaware - Cornelius P. Comegys
- Governor of Georgia - George Rockingham Gilmer then Charles James McDonald
- Governor of Illinois - Thomas Carlin
- Governor of Indiana - David Wallace
- Governor of Kentucky - James Clark then Charles A. Wickliffe
- Governor of Louisiana - Edward Douglass White, Sr. then Andre B. Roman
- Governor of Maine - Edward Kent then John Fairfield
- Governor of Maryland - Thomas Veazey then William Grason
- Governor of Massachusetts - Edward Everett
- Governor of Michigan - Stevens T. Mason
- Governor of Mississippi - Alexander McNutt
- Governor of Missouri - Lilburn Boggs
- Governor of New Hampshire - Isaac Hill then John Page
- Governor of New Jersey - William Pennington
- Governor of New York - William H. Seward
- Governor of North Carolina - Edward Bishop Dudley
- Governor of Ohio - Wilson Shannon
- Governor of Pennsylvania - Joseph Ritner then David R. Porter
- Governor of Rhode Island - William Sprague then Samuel Ward King
- Governor of South Carolina - Patrick Noble
- Governor of Tennessee - Newton Cannon then James K. Polk
- Governor of Vermont - Silas H. Jennison
- Governor of Virginia - David Campbell
- February 11 – The University of Missouri is established in Columbia, Missouri, becoming the first public university west of the Mississippi River.
- March 5 – Longwood University is founded in Farmville, Virginia.
- March 7 – Baltimore City College, the third public high school in the United States, is established in Baltimore, Maryland.
- March 23 – The Boston Morning Post first records the use of "OK".
- August 8 – The Beta Theta Pi fraternity is founded in Oxford, Ohio.
- September 9 – In the Great Fire of Mobile, Alabama hundreds of buildings are burned.
- November 11 – The Virginia Military Institute is founded in Lexington, Virginia.
- November 27 – In Boston, Massachusetts, the American Statistical Association is founded.
- In the United States, the first state law permitting women to own property is passed in Jackson, Mississippi.
- Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia is founded.
- Second Seminole War (1835–1842)
- April 7 – David Baird, Ireland-born United States Senator from New Jersey from 1918 to 1919. (died 1927)
- August 1 – Middleton P. Barrow, United States Senator from Georgia from 1882 till 1883. (died 1903)
- August 23 – George Clement Perkins, United States Senator from California from 1893 till 1915. (died 1923)
- August 26 – Hernando Money, United States Senator from Mississippi from 1897 till 1911. (died 1912)
- September 18 – William J. McConnell, United States Senator from Idaho from 1890 till 1891. (died 1925)
- September 29 – James Kimbrough Jones, United States Senator from Arkansas from 1885 till 1903. (died 1908)
- October 20 – Augustus Octavius Bacon, United States Senator from Georgia from 1895 to 1914. (died 1914)
- November 4 – Thomas M. Patterson, Ireland-born United States Senator from Colorado from 1901 till 1907. (died 1916)
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