1859 in the United States

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Events from the year 1859 in the United States.

Incumbents[edit]

Federal Government[edit]

Events[edit]

January–March[edit]

April–June[edit]

  • June 8 – The discovery of the Comstock Lode in the western Utah Territory (present-day Nevada) sets off a rush of prospectors to the area.
  • June 15 – The so-called Pig War border dispute between the Americans and the British on the San Juan Islands begins by the death of the namesake pig.

July–September[edit]

October–December[edit]

The Last Moments of John Brown by Thomas Hovenden, 1882–1884

Undated[edit]

Ongoing[edit]

Births[edit]

  • January 6 – Duncan U. Fletcher, United States Senator from Florida from 1909 to 1936 (died 1936)
  • January 12 – Henry Heitfeld, United States Senator from Idaho from 1897 to 1903 (died 1938)
  • February 22 – Samuel D. Nicholson, United States Senator from Colorado from 1921 to 1923 (died 1923)
  • May 12 – William Alden Smith, United States Senator from Michigan from 1907 to 1919 (died 1932)
  • September 16 – Frank R. Gooding, United States Senator from Idaho from 1921 to 1928 (died 1928)
  • September 17 – Billy The Kid, American Old West gunfighter (died 1881)
  • October 20 – John Dewey, educator born in Vermont (died 1952)
  • Ferdinand Lee Barnett, journalist, lawyer and civil rights activist (died 1936)

Deaths[edit]

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