1858 in the United States
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|1858 in the United States|
|Years:||1855 1856 1857 – 1858 – 1859 1860 1861|
32 stars (1858–59)
Events from the year 1858 in the United States.
- President: James Buchanan (D-Pennsylvania)
- Vice President: John C. Breckinridge (D-Kentucky)
- Chief Justice: Roger B. Taney (originally now residing in from of the U.S. state of Maryland)
- Speaker of the House of Representatives: James Lawrence Orr (D-South Carolina)
- Congress: 35th
- March 4 – A speech by James Henry Hammond in the United States Senate promotes the idea of "King Cotton" and the "mudsill theory" in support of slave labor.
- April 19 – The United States and the Yankton Sioux Tribe sign a treaty.
- May 11 – Minnesota is admitted as the 32nd U.S. state (see History of Minnesota).
- May 19 – The Marais des Cygnes massacre is perpetrated by pro-slavery forces in Bleeding Kansas.
- June 16 – Abraham Lincoln makes his "House Divided" Speech at the State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois, on accepting the Republican Party nomination for a seat in the U.S. Senate.
- July – Forty-Niners stream into the Rocky Mountains of the western United States during the Pike's Peak Gold Rush.
- July 8 – The Paulist Fathers, a Roman Catholic society of apostolic life for men, is founded in New York City by Isaac Hecker.
- July 29 – The United States and Japan sign the Harris Treaty.
- August 16 – U.S. President James Buchanan inaugurates the new trans-Atlantic telegraph cable by exchanging greetings with Queen Victoria. However, a weak signal forces a shutdown of the service in a few weeks.
- August 21 – The first of the seven Lincoln–Douglas debates is held.
- September 14 – Fordyce Beals patents his six shooter revolver which will be produced by E. Remington & Sons of Ilion, New York as the Remington Model 1858.
- November 17 – Denver is founded.
- February 6 – Jonathan P. Dolliver, United States Senator from Iowa from 1900 till 1910. (died 1910)
- February 28 – Richard P. Ernst, United States Senator from Kentucky from 1921 till 1927. (died 1934)
- October 7 – Joseph E. Ransdell, United States Senator from Louisiana from 1913 till 1931. (died 1954)
- October 27 – Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States from 1901 till 1909 and 25th Vice President of the United States in 1901. (died 1919)
- November 8 – Lawrence Yates Sherman, United States Senator from Illinois from 1913 till 1921. (died 1939)
- November 21 – Charles A. Towne, United States Senator from Minnesota from 1900 till 1901. (died 1928)
- December 31 – Harry Stewart New, United States Senator from Indiana from 1917 to 1923. (died 1937)
- April 10 – Thomas Hart Benton, United States Senator from Missouri from 1821 to 1851. (born 1782)
- August 23 – Calvin Willey, United States Senator from Connecticut from 1825 till 1831. (born 1776)
- September 21 – Arthur P. Bagby, United States Senator from Alabama from 1837 till 1841. (born 1794)
- November 16 – Robert Hanna, United States Senator from Indiana from 1831 to 1832. (born 1786)
- December 14 – Michael Woolston Ash, United States Representative from Pennsylvania from 1835 to 1837. (born 1789)
- "Treaty with the Yankton Sioux, 1858".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> Provided by the Oklahoma State University Library from Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties (Vol. II) compiled and edited by Charles J. Kappler, 1904.
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