1909 in the United States
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|1909 in the United States|
|Years:||1906 1907 1908 – 1909 – 1910 1911 1912|
46 stars (1908–1912)
Events from the year 1909 in the United States.
- President: Theodore Roosevelt (Republican) (to March 4), William Howard Taft (Republican) (from March 4)
- Vice President: Charles W. Fairbanks (Republican) (to March 4), James S. Sherman (Republican) (from March 4)
- Chief Justice: Melville Fuller
- Speaker of the House of Representatives: Joseph Gurney Cannon (R-Illinois)
- Congress: 60th (to March 4), 61st (from March 4)
- January 1 – Drilling begins on the Lakeview Gusher.
- January 28 – United States troops leave Cuba after being there since the Spanish-American War.
- February 12 – The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is founded, commemorating the 100th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth.
- February 22 – The Great White Fleet returns to Hampton Roads, Virginia having circumnavigated the globe.
- February 24 – The Hudson Motor Car Company is founded.
- March 4 – William Howard Taft succeeds Theodore Roosevelt as the 27th President of the United States.
- March 23 – Theodore Roosevelt leaves New York for the Smithsonian-Roosevelt African Expedition. The trip is sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution and National Geographic Society.
- June 1 – The Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition opens in Seattle.
- June 9 – Alice Huyler Ramsey, a 22-year-old housewife and mother from Hackensack, New Jersey, becomes the first woman to drive across the United States. With 3 female companions, none of whom could drive a car, for 59 days she drives a Maxwell automobile 3,800 miles, from Manhattan, New York to San Francisco, California.
- June 22 – Construction begins on the Cape Cod Canal, which would separate Cape Cod from mainland Massachusetts, United States.
- August 2 – The United States Army Signal Corp Division purchases the world's first military airplane. They buy the Wright Military Flyer from the Wright Brothers.
- August 8 – The Rosicrucian Fellowship is launched at Seattle, Washington.
- August 12 – The first event is held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
- November 2 – The Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity is founded at Boston University.
- November 6 – The Union Soldiers and Sailors Monument is dedicated in Baltimore.
- November 11 – The U.S. Navy founds a navy base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
- November 13 – Ballinger–Pinchot scandal begins: Collier's Magazine accuses U.S. Secretary of the Interior Richard Ballinger of questionable dealings in Alaskan coal fields.
- November 18 – Two United States warships are sent to Nicaragua after 500 revolutionaries (including 2 Americans) are executed by order of dictator José Santos Zelaya.
- December 31 – The Manhattan Bridge opens.
- The centennial anniversary of Miami University (Ohio) is celebrated.
- The American Issue Publishing House of the Anti-Saloon League is incorporated.
- January 2 – Barry Goldwater, United States Senator from Arizona from 1969 till 1987. (died 1998)
- May 15 – J. Caleb Boggs, United States Senator from Delaware from 1961 till 1973. (died 1993)
- November 20 – Alan Bible, United States Senator from Nevada from 1954 till 1974. (died 1988)
- January 10 – John Conness, Ireland-born United States Senator from California from 1863 till 1869. (born 1821)
- April 21 – David Turpie, United States Senator from Indiana in 1863 and from 1887 till 1899. (born 1828)
- April 28 – Frederick Holbrook, Vermont governor (born 1813)
- October 15 – William Lindsay, United States Senator from Kentucky from 1893 till 1901. (born 1835)
- December 10 – Chief Red Cloud (born 1822)
- December 20 – William Harris, United States Senator from Kansas from 1897 till 1903. (born 1841)
- "Theodore Roosevelt's Africa Expedition". The Library of Congress. Retrieved February 29, 2012.
- Media related to 1909 in the United States at Wikimedia Commons