1895 in the United States
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Events from the year 1895 in the United States.
- President: Grover Cleveland (D-New York)
- Vice President: Adlai E. Stevenson I (D-Illinois)
- Chief Justice: Melville Fuller (Illinois)
- Speaker of the House of Representatives: Charles Frederick Crisp (D-Georgia) (until March 4), Thomas Brackett Reed (R-Maine) (starting December 2)
- Congress: 53rd (until March 4), 54th (starting March 4)
- February 9 – Mintonette, later known as volleyball, is created by William G. Morgan at Holyoke, Massachusetts.
- March 1 – William Lyne Wilson is appointed United States Postmaster General.
- May 27 – In re Debs: The Supreme Court of the United States decides that the federal government has the right to regulate interstate commerce, legalizing the military suppression of the Pullman Strike.
- June 28 – The United States Court of Private Land Claims rules that James Reavis's claim to Barony of Arizona is "wholly fictitious and fraudulent".
- July 6 – Van Cortlandt Golf Course opens in The Bronx as the country's first and oldest public golf course.
- August 19 – American frontier murderer and outlaw John Wesley Hardin is killed by an off-duty policeman in a saloon in El Paso, Texas.
- September 3 – The first professional American football game is played, in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, between the Latrobe YMCA and the Jeannette Athletic Club (Latrobe wins 12–0).
- September 18 – Booker T. Washington delivers the Atlanta Compromise speech.
- November 5 – George B. Selden is granted the first U.S. patent for an automobile.
- November 20 – USS Indiana, the first battleship in the United States Navy comparable to foreign battleships of this time, is commissioned.
- November 25
- Oscar Hammerstein opens the Olympia Theatre, the first theatre to be built in New York City's Times Square district.
- Chicago Times-Herald race: The first American automobile race in history is sponsored by the Chicago Times-Herald. Press coverage first arouses significant U.S. interest in the automobile.
- December 24 – George Washington Vanderbilt II officially opens his Biltmore Estate on Christmas Eve, inviting his family and guests to celebrate his new home in Asheville, North Carolina.
- W. E. B. Du Bois becomes the first African American to receive a Ph.D. from Harvard University.
- The gold reserve of the U.S. Treasury is saved when J. P. Morgan and the Rothschilds loan $65 million worth of gold to the United States government.
- January 1
- January 4 – Leroy Grumman, aeronautical engineer, test pilot and industrialist (died 1982)
- January 11 – Laurens Hammond, inventor (died 1973)
- January 23 – Harry Darby, U.S. Senator from Kansas from 1949 to 1950 (died 1987)
- February 2 – George Halas, football player (died 1983)
- February 6 – Babe Ruth, baseball player (died 1948)
- March 4
- March 15 – Virgil Chapman, U.S. Senator from Kentucky from 1949 to 1951 (died 1951)
- March 27 – Ruth Snyder, murderer (died 1928)
- March 28 – Spencer W. Kimball, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (died 1985)
- May 2 – Lorenz Hart, lyricist (died 1943)
- May 15 – Prescott Bush, U.S. Senator from Connecticut from 1952 to 1963 (died 1972)
- May 25 – Dorothea Lange, documentary photographer and photojournalist (died 1965 in the United States)
- May 28 – Samuel D. Jackson, U.S. Senator from Indiana in 1944 (died 1951)
- June 10
- June 24 – Jack Dempsey, heavyweight boxer (died 1983)
- July 12 – Richard Buckminster Fuller, architect (died 1983)
- July 13 – Bradley Kincaid, folk singer (died 1989)
- July 26 – Gracie Allen, comic actress (died 1964)
- August 12 – Lynde D. McCormick, admiral (died 1956)
- September 22 – Elmer Austin Benson, U.S. Senator from Minnesota from 1935 to 1936 and 24th Governor of Minnesota from 1937 till 1939 (died 1985)
- September 29 – Joseph Banks Rhine, parapsychologist (died 1980)
- October 4 – Buster Keaton, born Joseph Frank Keaton, silent film comedian (died 1966)
- October 6 – Caroline Gordon, writer and critic (died 1981)
- October 19 – Lewis Mumford, historian & philosopher of science (died 1990)
- October 23 – Clinton Presba Anderson, U.S. Senator from New Mexico from 1949 to 1973 (died 1975)
- October 30 – Dickinson W. Richards, physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (died 1973)
- November 10 – John Knudsen Northrop, airplane manufacturer (died 1981)
- November 14
- November 29 – Busby Berkeley, film director and choreographer (died 1976)
- December 2 – W. Conway Pierce, chemist (died 1974)
- December 20 – Susanne K. Langer, philosopher (died July 17, 1985)
- December 24 – Marguerite Williams, African-American geologist (died 1991)
- December 28 – Carol Ryrie Brink, author (died 1981)
- January 9 – Aaron Lufkin Dennison, watchmaker (born 1812)
- February 20 – Frederick Douglass, African-American rights activist and former slave (born 1817)
- March 22 – Henry Coppée, historian and biographer (born 1821)
- April 22 – James F. Wilson, U.S. Senator from Iowa from 1883 to 1895. (born 1828)
- May 28 – Walter Q. Gresham, politician (born 1832)
- June 23
- June 29 – Green Clay Smith, politician (born 1826)
- July 28 – Edward Beecher, theologian (born 1803)
- August 6 – George Frederick Root, composer (born 1820)
- August 22 – Luzon B. Morris, politician (born 1827)
- October 2 – Robert Crozier, U.S. Senator from Kansas from 1873 to 1874 (born 1827)
- October 8 – William Mahone, civil engineer and Confederate Army major general (born 1826)
- November 4 – Eugene Field, children's author (born 1850)
- Full date unknown – John Miley, Methodist theologian (born 1813)
- "Van Cortlandt Park Highlights – Van Cortlandt Golf Course". NYC Parks. Retrieved 2017-01-11.
- Gottheimer, Josh; Clinton, Bill; Berry, Mary Frances (2004). Ripples of Hope: Great American Civil Rights Speeches. p. 128.
- Berger, Michael L. The Automobile in American History and Culture: a reference guide. p. 278.
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