1808 in the United States
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Events from the year 1808 in the United States.
- President: Thomas Jefferson (DR-Virginia)
- Vice President: George Clinton (DR-New York)
- Chief Justice: John Marshall (Virginia)
- Speaker of the House of Representatives: Joseph Bradley Varnum (DR-Massachusetts)
- Congress: 10th
- January 1 – The importation of slaves into the United States is banned; this is also the earliest day under the United States Constitution that an amendment can be made restricting slavery.
- February 6 – The ship Topaz (from Boston April 5, 1807, hunting seals) rediscovers the Pitcairn Islands; only one HMS Bounty mutineer is still alive, Alexander Smith (John Adams).
- February 11 – Anthracite coal is first burned as fuel by Jesse Fell in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania; the discovery leads to the use of coal as the key fuel source of America's industrial revolution.
- April 6 – John Jacob Astor founds the American Fur Company.
- November – James Madison defeats Charles C. Pinckney in the U.S. presidential election.
- March 14 – Narcissa Whitman, pioneer missionary (died 1847)
- May 20 – Thomas D. Rice, actor and dancer (died 1860)
- June 3 – Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States from 1861 till 1865 and United States Senator from Mississippi from 1847 till 1851 and from 1857 till 1861 (died 1889)
- September 21 – Solon Borland, United States Senator from Arkansas from 1848 till 1853 (died 1864)
- December 16 – Kinsley S. Bingham, United States Senator from Michigan from 1859 till 1861.(died 1861)
- December 29 – Andrew Johnson, 17th President of the United States from 1865 till 1869, 16th Vice President of the United States from March till April 1865 (died 1875)
- February 14 – John Dickinson, Founding Father of the United States, signatory of Continental Association, Articles of Confederation, and United States Constitution (born 1732)
- Ingham, John M. (1983). Biographical dictionary of American business leaders. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press. pp. 26–27. ISBN 0-313-23907-X.
- S. Godon. Mineralogical Observations, Made in the Environs of Boston, in the Years 1807 and 1808. Memoirs of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Vol. 3, No. 1 (1809), pp. 127–154
- "Recall of J. Q. Adams, 1808", Proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical Society, 3rd series, 45, October 1911 – June 1912
- Secrets Reports of John Howe, 1808. The American Historical Review, Vol. 17, No. 2 (January 1912), pp. 332–354
- Samuel E. Morison. The First National Nominating Convention, 1808. The American Historical Review, Vol. 17, No. 4 (July 1912), pp. 744–763
- Victor O'Daniel. Concanen's Election to the See of New York (1808–10). The Catholic Historical Review, Vol. 2, No. 1 (April 1916), pp. 19–46
- "Amherst Petition on the Embargo, 1808; David Robinson to William Preston", Proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical Society, 3rd series, 52, October 1918 – June 1919
- Louis Martin Sears. Philadelphia and the Embargo of 1808. The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Vol. 35, No. 2 (February 1921), pp. 354–359
- William D. Hoyt Jr. Self-Portrait: Eliza Custis, 1808. The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 53, No. 2 (April 1945), pp. 89–100
- Richard R. Borneman. Franzoni and Andrei: Italian Sculptors in Baltimore, 1808. The William and Mary Quarterly, Third Series, Vol. 10, No. 1 (January 1953), pp. 108–111
- Charles Pelham Curtis (October 1953 – May 1957), "A Strange Story about Marbury versus Madison in Salem, 1808", Proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical Society, 3rd series, 71, pp. 133–146
- Noble E. Cunningham Jr. The Diary of Frances Few, 1808-1809. The Journal of Southern History, Vol. 29, No. 3 (August 1963), pp. 345–361
- Harry Ammon. James Monroe and the Election of 1808 in Virginia. The William and Mary Quarterly, Third Series, Vol. 20, No. 1 (January, 1963), pp. 33–56
- George L. Bilbe. A Digest of the Civil Laws Now in Force in the Territory of Orleans (1808). Louisiana History: The Journal of the Louisiana Historical Association, Vol. 14, No. 1 (Winter, 1973), pp. 104–108
- William G. McLoughlin. Thomas Jefferson and the Beginning of Cherokee Nationalism, 1806 to 1809. The William and Mary Quarterly, Third Series, Vol. 32, No. 4 (October, 1975), pp. 548–580
- Richard R. Beeman. Trade and Travel in Post-Revolutionary Virginia: A Diary of an Itinerant Peddler, 1807-1808. The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 84, No. 2 (April, 1976), pp. 174–188
- Jeffrey A. Frankel. The 1807-1809 Embargo Against Great Britain. The Journal of Economic History, Vol. 42, No. 2 (June 1982), pp. 291–308
- John M. Bryan. Robert Mills, Benjamin Henry Latrobe, Thomas Jefferson, and the South Carolina Penitentiary Project, 1806-1808. The South Carolina Historical Magazine, Vol. 85, No. 1 (January 1984), pp. 1–21
- Christopher McKee. Foreign Seamen in the United States Navy: A Census of 1808. The William and Mary Quarterly, Third Series, Vol. 42, No. 3 (July 1985), pp. 383–393
- Alan Taylor. "Stopping the Progres of Rogues and Deceivers": A White Indian Recruiting Notice of 1808. The William and Mary Quarterly, Third Series, Vol. 42, No. 1 (January 1985), pp. 90–103
- John Taylor, Wilson Cary Nicholas, David N. Mayer. Of Principles and Men: The Correspondence of John Taylor of Caroline with Wilson Cary Nicholas 1806-1808. The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 96, No. 3, "The Example of Virginia Is a Powerful Thing": The Old Dominion and the Constitution, 1788-1988 (July 1988), pp. 345–388
- James M. O'Toole. From Advent to Easter: Catholic Preaching in New York City, 1808-1809. Church History, Vol. 63, No. 3 (September, 1994), pp. 365–377
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