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What Happened in 1849

January

Elizabeth Blackwell was the first female doctor in the United States.  It was the year 1849 when she was award her MD.

The President of the United States was James Knox Polk, then Zachary Taylor.

February

President Polk was the first President to be photographed.

March

Minnesota became a US Territory

Zachary Taylor refused to be sworn in to office on a Sabbath. He was sworn in the next day.

April

The Irish Potato famine starves many, while others flee to America.

May

There’s a break in the levee holding the raging waters of the Mississippi. New Orleans is mostly under water.

St. Louis burns. Steamboat catches fire and burns nearly the entire city.

June

Ft. Worth TX is founded.

President James Knox Polk. 1795-1849.

John David Pipes was born (email researcher)

July

First Lady Dolley Madison. 1768-1849.

August

James Marshall McKendree was born (email researcher)
September
October

Edgar Allen Poe. 1809-1849

December

Crazy Horse is born.


Ongoing or Undated Events

California Gold Rush

Harriett Tubman escaped to Philadelphia

Cholera strikes hard.



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