1893 in the United States
|1893 in the United States|
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Events from the year 1893 in the United States.
- President: Benjamin Harrison (R-Indiana) (until March 4), Grover Cleveland (D-New York) (starting March 4)
- Vice President: Levi P. Morton (R-New York) (until March 4), Adlai E. Stevenson I (D-Illinois) (starting March 4)
- Chief Justice: Melville Fuller (Illinois)
- Speaker of the House of Representatives: Charles Frederick Crisp (D-Georgia)
- Congress: 52nd (until March 4), 53rd (starting March 4)
- January 2 – Webb C. Ball introduces railroad chronometers, which become the general railroad timepiece standards in North America.
- January 17 – The U.S. Marines intervene in Hawaii, resulting in overthrow of the government of Queen Liliuokalani of Hawaii.
- January 21 – The Cherry Sisters first perform in Marion, Iowa.
- February 1 – Thomas A. Edison finishes construction of the first motion picture studio in West Orange, New Jersey.
- February 24 – American University is established by an Act of Congress in Washington, D.C.
- February 28 – USS Indiana, the lead ship of her class and the first battleship in the United States Navy comparable to foreign battleships of this time, is launched at Philadelphia; she is commissioned in 1895.
- March 4 – President of the United States Benjamin Harrison is succeeded by Grover Cleveland.
- April 1 – The rank of Chief Petty Officer is established in the U.S. Navy.
- April 8 – The first recorded college basketball game occurs in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania between the Geneva College Covenanters and the New Brighton YMCA.
- May 1 – The 1893 World's Fair, also known as the World's Columbian Exposition, opens to the public in Chicago, Illinois. The first U.S. commemorative postage stamps are issued for the Exposition.
- May 5 – Panic of 1893: A crash on the New York Stock Exchange starts a depression.
- May 9 – Edison's 1½ inch system of Kinetoscope is first demonstrated in public at the Brooklyn Institute.
- July 1 – U.S. President Grover Cleveland has a secret operation to remove cancer in his mouth.
- July 6 – The small town of Pomeroy, Iowa is nearly destroyed by a tornado; 71 people are killed and 200 injured.
- July 12 – Frederick Jackson Turner gives a lecture titled "The Significance of the Frontier in American History" before the American Historical Association in Chicago.
- July 22 – Katharine Lee Bates writes America the Beautiful, after admiring the view from the top of Pikes Peak, near Colorado Springs, Colorado.
- August 27 – The Sea Islands Hurricane hits Savannah, Charleston, and the Sea Islands, killing 1,000–2,000.
- September 11–27 – The World Parliament of Religions opens in Chicago.
- September 11 – Standing ovation to Hindu monk Swami Vivekanda for his address in Response to the welcome at the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago.
- September 19 – Swami Vivekananda delivers an inspiring speech on his paper at the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago.
- September 21 – Brothers Charles and Frank Duryea drive the first gasoline-powered motorcar in America on public roads in Springfield, Massachusetts.
- September 23 – The Bahá'í Faith is first publicly mentioned in the United States at the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago.
- October 7 – Finley Peter Dunne introduces his character Mr. Dooley in the Chicago Evening Post.
- October 11 – Saint Anselm College in Goffstown, New Hampshire is officially dedicated.
- November 7 – Colorado women are granted the right to vote.
- Sisters Patty and Mildred J. Hill publish Song Stories for the Kindergarten including "Good Morning to All", which later becomes known as "Happy Birthday to You".
- The American National Sculpture Society (NSS) is founded.
- T.M.I.: The Episcopal School of Texas is founded.
- Colored High becomes the first African American high school in Houston, Texas; its name is later changed to Booker T. Washington High School.
- Evergreen Park, Illinois is founded.
- The American Council on Alcohol Problems is established, along with the Anti-Saloon League and the Committee of Fifty for the Study of the Liquor Problem.
- American Temperance University is opened.
- Garza Revolution in Texas and Mexico from 1891 to 1893.
- Gilded Age (1869–c. 1896)
- Gay Nineties (1890–1899)
- Progressive Era (1890s–1920s)
- Panic of 1893 (1893–1894)
- January 18 – Thomas E. Martin, United States Senator from Iowa from 1955 till 1961. (died 1971)
- January 23 – Frank Carlson, United States Senator from Kansas from 1950 till 1969. (died 1987)
- March 27 – G. Lloyd Spencer, United States Senator from Arkansas from 1941 till 1943. (died 1981)
- August 20 – Robert Humphreys, United States Senator from Kentucky in 1956. (died 1977)
- August 30 – Huey Long, United States Senator from Louisiana from 1932 till 1935. (died 1935)
- August 31 – Raymond E. Baldwin, United States Senator from Connecticut from 1946 till 1949. (died 1986)
- September 6 – John W. Bricker, United States Senator from Ohio from 1947 to 1959. (died 1986)
- September 24 – Blind Lemon Jefferson, American blues and gospel singer-songwriter (died 1929)
- January 11 – Benjamin Butler, major general of the Union Army during the American Civil War, and for his leader in the impeachment of Andrew Johnson (born 1818)
- January 17 – Rutherford B. Hayes, 19th President of the U.S. from 1877 to 1881 (born 1822)
- January 27 – James G. Blaine, U.S. Senator from Maine from 1876 to 1881 and Secretary of State in 1881 and from 1889 to 1892 (born 1830)
- February 1 – Joseph P. Comegys, U.S. Senator from Delaware from 1856 to 1857 (born 1813)
- February 19 – George E. Spencer, U.S. Senator from Alabama from 1868 to 1879 (born 1836)
- February 20 – P. G. T. Beauregard, Southern military officer, politician, inventor, writer, civil servant, and the first prominent general of the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War (born 1818)
- March 2 – Richard M. Bishop, 34th Governor of Ohio from 1878 till 1880 (born 1812)
- March 18 – David H. Armstrong, Canadian-born U.S. Senator from Missouri from 1877 to 1879 (born 1812)
- March 22 – Eli M. Saulsbury, U.S. Senator from Delaware from 1871 to 1889 (born 1817)
- March 28 – Edmund Kirby Smith, career United States Army officer who served with the Confederates during the American Civil War (born 1824)
- April 4 – David Meriwether, U.S. Senator from Kentucky in 1852 (born 1800)
- June 7 – Edwin Booth, actor (born 1833)
- June 21 – Leland Stanford, U.S. Senator from California from 1885 to 1893 (born 1824)
- July 2 – Georgiana Drew, comic actress (born 1856)
- July 19 – Charles Colcock Jones, Jr., Georgia politician, attorney, historian and folklorist (born 1831)
- August 10 – Robert Cornelius, pioneer of photography (born 1809)
- September 29 – Willis Benson Machen, U.S. Senator from Kentucky from 1872 to 1873 (born 1810)
- November 11 – Charles Henry Bell, U.S. Senator from New Hampshire in 1879 (born 1823)
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