1797 in the United States

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1797 in the United States
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Events from the year 1797 in the United States.


Federal Government


March 4: John Adams becomes President


  • The XYZ Affair inflames tensions between France and the United States.



  • February 28 – John Henderson, United States Senator from Mississippi from 1839 till 1845. (died 1857)
  • May 24 – James Morehead, United States Senator from Kentucky from 1841 to 1847. (died 1854)


Further reading

  • John Lathrop. An Account of the Deleterious Effects of Mephitic Air, or Marsb Miasmata, Experienced by Three Men, July 27, 1797. In a Well, on the Boston Pier. Memoirs of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Vol. 2, No. 2 (1804), pp. 81–84.
  • Notes of Travel of William Henry, John Heckewelder, John Rothrock, and Christian Clewell, to Gnadenhuetten on the Muskingum, in the Early Summer of 1797. The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 10, No. 2 (July, 1886), pp. 125–157
  • Charles E. Peterson. Virginia Penitentiary, 1797. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Vol. 12, No. 4 (December, 1953), pp. 27–28.
  • Herman R. Friis, Ralph E. Ehrenberg. Nicholas King and His Wharfing Plans of the City of Washington, 1797. Records of the Columbia Historical Society, Washington, D.C., Vol. 66/68, The 46th separately bound book (1966/1968), pp. 34–46.
  • William K. Bottorff, Roy C. Flannagan, Frances Baylor Hill. The Diary of Frances Baylor Hill of "Hillsborough" King and Queen County Virginia (1797). Early American Literature Newsletter, Vol. 2, No. 3, (Winter, 1967), pp. 3–53.
  • David J. Brandenburg, Millicent H. Brandenburg. The Duc De La Rochefoucauld-Liancourt's Visit to the Federal City in 1797: A New Translation. Records of the Columbia Historical Society, Washington, D.C., Vol. 49, The 49th separately bound book (1973/1974), pp. 35–60.
  • William Stinchcombe. Talleyrand and the American Negotiations of 1797-1798. The Journal of American History, Vol. 62, No. 3 (December, 1975), pp. 575–590.
  • Lee W. Formwalt. An English Immigrant Views American Society: Benjamin Henry Latrobe's Virginia Years, 1796-1798. The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 85, No. 4 (October, 1977), pp. 387–410.
  • John L. Brittain and Henry Middleton Rutledge. Henry Middleton Rutledge to His Father, November 1, 1797. The South Carolina Historical Magazine, Vol. 83, No. 3 (July, 1982), pp. 235–240.
  • Arthur Scherr. "Vox Populi" versus the Patriot President: Benjamin Franklin Bache's Philadelphia Aurora and John Adams (1797). Pennsylvania History, Vol. 62, No.4 (Fall 1995), pp. 503–531.
  • Richard S. Chew. Certain Victims of an International Contagion: The Panic of 1797 and the Hard Times of the Late 1790s in Baltimore. Journal of the Early Republic, Vol. 25, No. 4 (Winter, 2005), pp. 565–613.

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