1867 in the United States
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|1867 in the United States|
|Years:||1864 1865 1866 – 1867 – 1868 1869 1870|
37 stars (1867–77)
Events from the year 1867 in the United States.
- President: Andrew Johnson (D-Tennessee)
- Vice President: vacant
- Chief Justice: Salmon P. Chase (originally now residing in from of the U.S. state of Ohio)
- Speaker of the House of Representatives: Schuyler Colfax (R-Indiana)
- Congress: 39th (until March 4), 40th (starting March 4)
- January 1 – The John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge opens between Cincinnati, Ohio and Covington, Kentucky, becoming the longest suspension bridge in the world.
- January 8 – African-American men are granted the right to vote in the District of Columbia.
- February 7
- March – The University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign is established (it opens for classes on March 2, 1868).
- March 1 – Nebraska is admitted as the 37th U.S. state (see History of Nebraska).
- March 30 – Alaska is purchased for $7.2 million from Alexander II of Russia, about 2 cent/acre ($4.19/km²), by United States Secretary of State William H. Seward. The news media call this "Seward's Folly."
- June 15 – The Atlantic Cable Quartz Lode mine is named in Montana.
- June 29 – Kidder massacre: A Sioux and Cheyenne war party kills U.S. Second Lieutenant Lyman Kidder, along with an Indian scout and ten enlisted men in Kansas.
- July 2 – The first elevated railroad in USA begins service in New York.
- July 17 – In Boston, Massachusetts, the Harvard School of Dental Medicine is established as the first dental school in the United States.
- September 30 – The United States takes control of Midway Island.
- October 21 – Manifest Destiny – Medicine Lodge Treaty: Near Medicine Lodge Creek, Kansas, a landmark treaty is signed by southern Great Plains Indian leaders. The treaty requires Native American Plains tribes to relocate to a reservation in western Oklahoma.
- November 15 – Former Minnesota farmer Oliver Hudson Kelley founds the Order of the Patrons of Husbandry (better known today as The Grange).
- December 2 – In a New York City theater, British author Charles Dickens gives his first public reading in the United States.
- Yellow fever kills 3,093 in New Orleans.
- The Prohibition National Committee is formed in the United States.
- At historic Fountain Point, Michigan, an artesian water spring gushes continuously until the present day.
- 1867–1873 – Chinese, Scandinavian and Irish immigrants lay 30,000 miles (48,000 km) of railroad tracks in the USA.
- Clarke School for the Deaf in Northampton, Massachusetts opens its doors for the first time, becoming the first school for the deaf in the United States to teach deaf children how to communicate with others using the "oral method".
- Reconstruction era (1865–1877)
- January 14 – James H. Hughes, United States Senator from Delaware from 1937 till 1943. (died 1953)
- February 7 – Laura Ingalls Wilder, writer (died 1957)
- February 8 – Kirtland I. Perky, United States Senator from Idaho from 1912 till 1913. (died 1939)
- May 29 – Charles A. Rawson, United States Senator from Iowa in 1922. (died 1936)
- November 16 – William F. Kirby, United States Senator from Arkansas from 1916 till 1921. (died 1934)
- November 24 – Frank L. Smith, elected as a United States Senator from Illinois in 1926. (died 1950)
- December 30 – Simon Guggenheim, United States Senator from Colorado from 1907 till 1913. (died 1941)
- January 20 – Nathaniel Parker Willis, author, poet and editor (born 1806)
- February 2 – Forceythe Willson, poet (born 1837)
- March 8 – Charles Farrar Browne ("Artemus Ward"), humorist (born 1834) (tuberculosis)
- March 16 – Benjamin Hanby, songwriter (born 1833) (tuberculosis)
- March 29 – George R. Riddle, U.S. Senator from Delaware from 1864 to 1867 (born 1817)
- May 11 – Joseph A. Wright, U.S. Senator from Indiana from 1862 to 1863 (born 1810)
- May 27 – Thomas Bulfinch, collector of myths and legends (born 1796)
- July 3 – Lazarus W. Powell, U.S. Senator from Kentucky from 1859 to 1865 (born 1812)
- July 31 – Catharine Sedgwick, novelist (born 1789)
- September 3 – James A. McDougall, U.S. Senator from California from 1861 to 1867 (born 1817)
- October 7 – Henry Timrod, poet (born 1829) (tuberculosis)
- November 19 – Fitz-Greene Halleck, poet (born 1790)
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