1859 in the United States

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1859 in the United States
Years: 1856 1857 185818591860 1861 1862

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Events from the year 1859 in the United States.

Incumbents

Federal Government

Events

January–March

April–June

  • June 8 – The discovery of the Comstock Lode in the western Utah Territory (present-day Nevada) sets off a rush of prospectors to the area.
  • June 15 – The so-called Pig War border dispute between the Americans and the British on the San Juan Islands begins by the death of the namesake pig.

July–September

October–December

The Last Moments of John Brown by Thomas Hovenden, 1882–1884

Undated

Ongoing

Births

  • January 6 – Duncan U. Fletcher, United States Senator from Florida from 1909 till 1936. (died 1936)
  • January 12 – Henry Heitfeld, United States Senator from Idaho from 1897 till 1903. (died 1938)
  • February 22 – Samuel D. Nicholson, United States Senator from Colorado from 1921 till 1923. (died 1923)
  • May 12 – William Alden Smith, United States Senator from Michigan from 1907 till 1919. (died 1932)
  • September 16 – Frank R. Gooding, United States Senator from Idaho from 1921 till 1928. (died 1928)
  • October 20 – John Dewey, educator born in Vermont. (died 1952)

Deaths

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