1815 in the United States
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Events from the year 1815 in the United States. As news slowly spread of the Treaty of Ghent (1814) ending the War of 1812, battles between American and British forces continued in the early months of the year.
- President: James Madison (DR-Virginia)
- Vice President: vacant
- Chief Justice: John Marshall (Virginia)
- Speaker of the House of Representatives: Langdon Cheves (DR-South Carolina) (until March 4), Henry Clay (DR-Kentucky) (starting December 4)
- Congress: 13th (until March 4), 14th (starting March 4)
- January 8 – War of 1812 – Battle of New Orleans: American forces under General Andrew Jackson defeat an invading British force.
- February – The Hartford Convention arrives in Washington, DC.
- February 6 – New Jersey grants the first American railroad charter to a John Stevens.
- February 7–12 – War of 1812 – Second Battle of Fort Bowyer: British forces capture Fort Bowyer near Mobile, Alabama in what will be the last land battle between the Americans and British in the War of 1812. The British halt their advance two days later when informed of the Treaty of Ghent.
- February 15 – War of 1812 – The United States Senate ratifies the Treaty of Ghent.
- February 17 – War of 1812 ends.
- September 23 – The Great September Gale of 1815 is the first hurricane to strike New England in 180 years.
- December 25 – The Handel and Haydn Society, the oldest continuously performing arts organization in the U.S., gives its first performance, at the King's Chapel in Boston.
- The second wave of Amish immigration to North America begins.
- War of 1812 (1812–1815)
- January 10 – John J. McRae, U.S. Senator from Mississippi from 1851 to 1852 (died 1868)
- January 16
- January 18
- January 21 – Horace Wells, dentist; anesthesia pioneer (died 1848)
- March 9 – David Davis, U.S. Senator from Illinois from 1877 to 1883 (died 1886)
- April 1 – Henry B. Anthony, U.S. Senator from Rhode Island from 1859 to 1884 (died 1884)
- May 10 – Henry Bibb, author and abolitionist who was born a slave (died 1854)
- May 18 – Thomas S. Bocock, United States Congressman, Speaker of the Confederate States House of Representatives (died 1891)
- July 13 – James Seddon, 4th Confederate States Secretary of War (died 1880)
- September 1 – Emma Stebbins, sculptor (died 1882)
- September 8 – Alexander Ramsey, 2nd Governor of Minnesota from 1860 to 1863 and U.S. Senator from Minnesota from 1863 to 1875 (died 1903)
- September 19 – Charles B. Mitchel, U.S. Senator from Arkansas from 1862 to 1864 (died 1864)
- October 29 – Dan Emmett, songwriter (died 1904)
- November 12 – Elizabeth Cady Stanton, suffragist (died 1902)
- November 15 – John Banvard, panorama painter (died 1891)
- November 17 – Eliza Farnham, novelist and reformer (died 1864)
- December 31 – George Meade, general (died 1872)
- February 24 – Robert Fulton, inventor (born 1765)
- April 21 – Joseph Winston, patriot and Congressman from North Carolina (born 1746)
- September 9 – John Singleton Copley, painter (born 1738; died in London)
- September 24 – John Sevier, soldier, frontiersman, politician, and one of the founding fathers of the State of Tennessee (born 1745)
- December 3 – John Carroll, first American Roman Catholic Archbishop (born 1735)
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- The Embassy to Washington, 1815. Proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical Society, Third Series, Vol. 48, (October, 1914 - June, 1915),
- Charles W. Elliott. Some Unpublished Letters of a Roving Soldier-Diplomat: General Winfield Scott's Reports to Secretary of State James Monroe, on conditions in France and England in 1815-1816. The Journal of the American Military History Foundation, Vol. 1, No. 4 (Winter, 1937–1938), pp. 165–173
- William Bell Wait. Richardson's 'O. K.' of 1815. American Speech, Vol. 16, No. 2 (April, 1941), pp. 85–86+136
- Harold W. Ryan, George Izard. Diary of a Journey by George Izard, 1815-1816. The South Carolina Historical Magazine, Vol. 53, No. 2 (April, 1952), pp. 67–76
- Orville W. Carroll. Mr. Smart's Circular Saw Mill c. 1815. Bulletin of the Association for Preservation Technology, Vol. 5, No. 1 (1973), pp. 58–64
- John Swauger. Pittsburgh's Residential Pattern in 1815. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Vol. 68, No. 2 (June, 1978), pp. 265–277
- Lilian Handlin. Harvard and Göttingen, 1815. Proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical Society, Third Series, Vol. 95, (1983), pp. 67–87
- Charles E. Kinzer. The Band of Music of the First Battalion of Free Men of Color and the Siege of New Orleans, 1814-1815. American Music, Vol. 10, No. 3 (Autumn, 1992), pp. 348–369
- Media related to 1815 in the United States at Wikimedia Commons