1782 in the United States
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|1782 in the United States|
|Years:||1779 1780 1781 – 1782 – 1783 1784 1785|
13 stars, the Betsy Ross version (1777–95)
Events from the year 1782 in the United States.
- January 7 – The first American commercial bank (Bank of North America) opens.
- January 15 – Superintendent of Finance Robert Morris goes before the U.S. Congress to recommend establishment of a national mint and decimal coinage.
- March 8 – American Revolutionary War: In Ohio, the Gnadenhutten massacre of Native Americans takes place in which 29 men, 27 women, and 34 children are killed by white militiamen in retaliation for raids carried out by another Native American group.
- March 22 – American Revolutionary War: Battle of Little Mountain
- May 25–June 12 – American Revolutionary War: Crawford expedition
- June 20 – Congress accepts Charles Thomson's design for the Great Seal of the United States. The bald eagle becomes the national bird of the United States.
- July 1 – American privateers attack Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.
- August 7 – George Washington orders the creation of the Badge of Military Merit (or the Order of the Purple Heart) to honor soldiers' merit in battle (reinstated later by Franklin D. Roosevelt and renamed to the more poetic "Purple Heart" to honor soldiers wounded in action).
- August 8 – American Revolutionary War: Battle of Piqua
- August 15–17 – American Revolutionary War: Siege of Bryan Station
- August 19 – American Revolutionary War: Battle of Blue Licks
- August 26 – American Revolutionary War: Battle of the Combahee River
- November 30 – American Revolutionary War: In Paris, representatives from the United States and the Kingdom of Great Britain sign preliminary peace articles (later formalized in the Treaty of Paris).
- December 12 – American Revolutionary War: Action of 12 December 1782: A naval engagement off Ferrol, Spain, in which the British ship HMS Mediator (1782) successfully attacks a convoy of French and American ships attempting to supply the United States.
- In the summer of 1782 the Dutch banker Nicolaas van Staphorst leads discussions with John Adams over a loan to the United States of five million guilders, at that time a considerable sum.
- The North Carolina General Assembly incorporates Washington, North Carolina.
- March 14 – Thomas Hart Benton, United States Senator from Missouri from 1821 to 1851. (died 1858)
- May 14 – Gordon Cartwright Jennings, Oldest Alamo Defender, was born 1782 in Windham, CT to Joseph and Ruth (Cartwright) Jennings. (died 6 Mar, 1836)
- October 9 – Lewis Cass, United States Senator from Michigan from 1845 till 1848 and from 1849 till 1857. (died 1866)
- November 4 – John Branch, United States Senator from North Carolina from 1817 till 1820. (died 1863)
- November 12 – William Hendricks, United States Senator from Indiana from 1825 to 1837. (died 1850)
- December 5 – Martin Van Buren, 8th President of the United States from 1837 till 1841. (died 1862)
- Date Unknown – George A. Waggaman, United States Senator from Louisiana from 1831 till 1835. (died 1843)
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