1840 in the United States
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|1840 in the United States|
|Years:||1837 1838 1839 – 1840 – 1841 1842 1843|
26 stars (1837–1845)
Events from the year 1840 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: Robert Mercer Taliaferro Hunter (Whig-Virginia)
- Congress: 26th
- Governor of Alabama - Arthur P. Bagby
- Governor of Arkansas - James Sevier Conway then Archibald Yell
- Governor of Connecticut - William W. Ellsworth
- Governor of Delaware - Cornelius P. Comegys
- Governor of Georgia - Charles James McDonald
- Governor of Illinois - Thomas Carlin
- Governor of Indiana - David Wallace then Samuel Bigger
- Governor of Kentucky - Charles A. Wickliffe then Robert P. Letcher
- Governor of Louisiana - Andre B. Roman
- Governor of Maine - John Fairfield
- Governor of Maryland - William Grason
- Governor of Massachusetts - Edward Everett then Marcus Morton
- Governor of Michigan - Stevens T. Mason then William Woodbridge
- Governor of Mississippi - Alexander McNutt
- Governor of Missouri - Lilburn Boggs then Thomas Reynolds
- Governor of New Hampshire - 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 then Thomas Corwin
- Governor of Pennsylvania - David R. Porter
- Governor of Rhode Island - Samuel Ward King
- Governor of South Carolina - Patrick Noble then Barnabas Kelet Henagan then John Peter Richardson II
- Governor of Tennessee - Newton Cannon
- Governor of Vermont - Silas H. Jennison
- Governor of Virginia - David Campbell then Thomas Walker Gilmer
- January 13–14 – The steamship Lexington burns and sinks in icy waters, 4 miles off the coast of Long Island; 139 die, only 4 survive.
- January 19 – Captain Charles Wilkes circumnavigates Antarctica, claiming what becomes known as Wilkes Land for the United States.
- March 9 – The Wilmington and Raleigh Railroad is completed from Wilmington, North Carolina to Weldon, North Carolina. At 161.5 miles, it is the world's longest railroad.
- April – The Raleigh and Gaston Railroad is completed from Raleigh, North Carolina to near Weldon, North Carolina.
- May 7 – The Great Natchez Tornado: A massive tornado strikes Natchez, Mississippi during the early afternoon hours. Before it is over, 317 people are killed and 109 injured. It is the second deadliest tornado in U.S. history.
- November 7 – U.S. presidential election, 1840: William Henry Harrison defeats Martin Van Buren.
- Second Seminole War (1835–1842)
- January 1 – Patrick Walsh, Ireland-born United States Senator from Georgia from 1894 till 1895. (died 1899)
- May 4 – George Gray, United States Senator from Delaware from 1885 till 1899. (died 1925)
- September 23 – Simon B. Conover, United States Senator from Florida from 1873 till 1879. (died 1908)
- October 1 – Anthony Higgins, United States Senator from Delaware from 1889 till 1895. (died 1912)
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- CommunicationSolutions/ISI, "Railroad — Wilmington & Raleigh (later Weldon)", North Carolina Business History, 2006, accessed 1 February 2010
- CommunicationSolutions/ISI, "Railroads — prior to the Civil War", North Carolina Business History, 2006, accessed 1 February 2010
- Media related to 1840 in the United States at Wikimedia Commons