United States Population Growth Areas
United States Map 1860
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1850-1860
  • 1850 The Plague: Pandemic strikes the world. Millions die.
  • 1850 Taylor dies: Millard Fillmore becomes 13th President on Jul 9.
  • 1850 The Compromise of 1850; on the slave debate for the territories.
  • 1850 California admitted as 31st state on Sep 9.
  • 1850 Fugitive Slave Act, Sep 18, requires return to owners.
  • 1851 Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin published.
    Adds to slavery tensions.
  • 1851 Isaac Singer granted a patent for his sewing machine.
  • 1852 Death of Daniel Webster, October 24. Did he really say, "... have I ... said anything unworthy of Daniel Webster?"
  • 1853 Franklin Pierce becomes 14th President on Mar 4.
  • 1853 Jefferson Davis appointed Secretary of War by President Pierce.
  • 1853 Gadsden Purchase brings some Mexican territory into U.S.A.
  • 1853 Commodore Matthew Perry opens trade routes with Japan, July 14.
  • 1854 Kansas - Nebraska Act. Provides springboard for Abe Lincoln.
  • 1854 Republican Party formed under John Fremont in Ripon, WI, 28 February.
  • 1855 Soo Canal opens upper Great Lakes to commercial navigation.
  • 1855 Longfellow uses name of Six Nation's heroine, Hiawatha, in mythical poem.
  • 1856 Western Union Telegraph Co. established in Cleveland.
  • 1856 Cocaine extracted from cocoa leaves, but has no legitimate use.
  • 1857 James Buchanan becomes 15th President on Mar 4.
  • 1857 Dred Scott decision handed down by Supreme Court, March 6.
  • 1857 Transatlantic cable begins; used briefly in 1858. Replaced in 1866.
  • 1858 Minnesota admitted as 32nd state on May 11.
  • 1858 Abraham Lincoln warns that "A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand."
  • 1859 Oregon admitted as 33rd state on Feb 14.
  • 1859 Harpers Ferry armory raided by abolitionist John Brown. Colonel Robert E. Lee commands U.S. Army troops in response.
  • 1859 Drake puts down first oil well in U.S.A., Titusville, PA.


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