1888 in the United States
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|1888 in the United States|
|Years:||1885 1886 1887 – 1888 – 1889 1890 1891|
38 stars (1877–90)
Events from the year 1888 in the United States.
- President: Grover Cleveland (Democratic)
- Vice President: vacant
- Chief Justice: Morrison Waite (until March 23), Melville Fuller (starting October 8)
- Speaker of the House of Representatives: John G. Carlisle (D-Kentucky)
- Congress: 50th
- January 12 – "Schoolhouse Blizzard": Blizzards hit Dakota Territory, the states of Montana, Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas, and Texas, leaving 235 dead, many of whom are children on their way home from school.
- January 13 – In Washington, D.C., the National Geographic Society is founded.
- February 27 – In West Orange, New Jersey, Thomas Edison meets with Eadweard Muybridge, who proposes a scheme for sound film.
- March 8 – The Agriculture College of Utah, (later Utah State University) is founded in Logan, Utah.
- March 11 – The "Great Blizzard of 1888" begins along the East Coast of the United States, shutting down commerce and killing more than 400.
- May 1 – The United States Congress establishes the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation.
- June 19 – In Chicago, the Republican Convention opens at the Auditorium Building. Benjamin Harrison and Levi Morton win the nominations for President and Vice President, respectively.
- July 25 – Frank Edward McGurrin, a court stenographer from Salt Lake City, Utah, purportedly the only person using touch typing at this time, wins a decisive victory over Louis Traub in a typing contest held in Cincinnati, Ohio. This date can be called the birthday of the touch typing method that becomes widely used.
- October 9 – The Washington Monument officially opens to the general public in D.C.
- November 6 – United States presidential election, 1888: Democratic Party incumbent Grover Cleveland wins the popular vote, but loses the Electoral College vote to Republican challenger Benjamin Harrison, therefore losing the election.
- November 27 – The sorority Delta Delta Delta is founded at Boston University.
- November 29 – Celebration of Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah coincide.
- Susan B. Anthony organizes a Congress for Women's Rights in Washington, D.C.
- The Baldwin School is founded in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.
- President of the United States Grover Cleveland declares the Chinese "impossible of assimilation with our people and dangerous to our peace and welfare".
- Gilded Age (1869–c. 1896)
- February 22 – Owen Brewster, United States Senator from Maine from 1941 till 1952. Died in 1961.
- May 15 – John E. Miller, United States Senator from Arkansas from 1937 till 1941. Died in 1981.
- July 10 – Hazel Abel, United States Senator from Nebraska in 1954. Died in 1966.
- July 31 – William Warren Barbour, United States Senator from New Jersey from 1931 till 1937. Died in 1943.
- August 19 – Sam G. Bratton, United States Senator from New Mexico from 1925 till 1933. Died in 1963.
- September 2 – Charles C. Gossett, United States Senator from Idaho from 1945 till 1946. Died in 1974.
- November 17 – J. Melville Broughton, United States Senator from North Carolina from 1948 till 1949. Died in 1949.
- March 4 – Amos Bronson Alcott, educator and writer (born 1799)
- March 6 – Louisa May Alcott, author (born 1832)
- March 19 – John Pendleton King, United States Senator from Georgia from 1833 till 1837. (born 1799)
- August 22 – Charles W. Cathcart, United States Senator from Indiana from 1845 to 1853. (born 1809)
- November 20 – Nathaniel Currier, illustrator (born 1813)
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