1796 in the United States
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Events from the year 1796 in the United States.
- President: George Washington (no political party-Virginia)
- Vice President: John Adams (F-Massachusetts)
- Chief Justice: Oliver Ellsworth (Connecticut)
- Speaker of the House of Representatives: Jonathan Dayton (F-New Jersey)
- Congress: 4th
- June 1 – Tennessee is admitted as the 16th U.S. state (see History of Tennessee).
- July 11 – The United States takes possession of Detroit from Great Britain under the terms of the Jay Treaty
- July 14 – The de Portolá Expedition sets out from San Diego (now San Diego, California) to find the Port of Monterey (now Monterey, California).[dubious ][original research?]
- July 22 – Surveyors of the Connecticut Land Company name an area in Ohio "Cleveland" after Gen. Moses Cleaveland, the superintendent of the surveying party.
- August 31 – John McKinly, the first President of Delaware, dies in Wilmington, Delaware.
- September 17 – U.S. President George Washington issues his Farewell Address, which warns against partisan politics and foreign entanglements.
- November 2 – John Adams defeats Thomas Jefferson in the U.S. presidential election.
- November 4 – The Treaty of Tripoli (between the United States and Tripoli) is signed at Tripoli (see also 1797).
- November 10 – The de Portolá Expedition returns from its terminus point (now Menlo Park, California) to San Diego after failing to find Vizcaíno's Port of Monterey (now Monterey, California).[dubious ][original research?]
- December 7 – The U.S. Electoral College meets to elect John Adams president.
- Panic of 1796–1797 (1796–1797)
- February 18 – John Bell, United States Senator from Tennessee from 1847 till 1859. (died 1869)
- April 10 – Thomas Fitzgerald, United States Senator from Michigan from 1848 till 1849. (died 1855)
- July 24 – John M. Clayton, United States Senator from Delaware from 1829 till 1836, from 1845 till 1849 and from 1853 till 1856. (died 1856)
- September 26 – Richard H. Bayard, United States Senator from Delaware from 1841 till 1845. (died 1868)
- January 5 – Samuel Huntington, 7th President of the Continental Congress, signatory of the Declaration of Independence and Articles of Confederation (born 1731)
- June 11 – Nathaniel Gorham, President of the Continental Congress, signatory of the United States Constitution (born 1738)
- June 21 – Richard Gridley, Revolutionary soldier (born 1710)
- June 26 – David Rittenhouse, astronomer, inventor, mathematician, surveyor, scientific instrument craftsman and public official (born 1732)
- June 30 – Abraham Yates, Continental Congressman (born 1724)
- August 31 – John McKinly, physician and 1st president of Delaware (born 1721)
- Dr. Belknap's Tour to Oneida, 1796. Proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical Society, Vol. 19 (1881–1882)
- Henry S. Parsons. William and Mary College in 1796. The William and Mary Quarterly, Second Series, Vol. 15, No. 2 (April, 1935), pp. 199–200.
- Bernard Fa. Early Party Machinery in the United States: Pennsylvania in the Election of 1796. The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 60, No. 4 (October, 1936), pp. 375–390.
- Bayrd Still. The Westward Migration of a Planter Pioneer in 1796. The William and Mary Quarterly, Second Series, Vol. 21, No. 4 (October, 1941), pp. 318–343.
- John D. Barnhart. The Tennessee Constitution of 1796: A Product of the Old West. The Journal of Southern History, Vol. 9, No. 4 (November, 1943), pp. 532–548.
- Marion Tinling. Cawsons, Virginia, in 1795-1796. The William and Mary Quarterly, Third Series, Vol. 3, No. 2 (April, 1946), pp. 281–291.
- Mary Tolford Wilson. Amelia Simmons Fills a Need: American Cookery, 1796. The William and Mary Quarterly, Third Series, Vol. 14, No. 1 (January, 1957), pp. 16–30.
- Alexander DeConde. Washington's Farewell, the French Alliance, and the Election of 1796. The Mississippi Valley Historical Review, Vol. 43, No. 4 (March, 1957), pp. 641–658.
- John L. Earl III. Talleyrand in Philadelphia, 1794-1796. The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 91, No. 3 (July, 1967), pp. 282–298.
- Edwin R. Baldridge Jr. Talleyrand's visit to Pennsylvania, 1794-1796. Pennsylvania History, Vol. 36, No. 2 (1969), pp. 145–160.
- Arthur Scherr. The Significance of Thomas Pinckney's Candidacy in the Election of 1796. The South Carolina Historical Magazine, Vol. 76, No. 2 (April, 1975), pp. 51–59.
- 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.
- Richard Wojtowicz, Billy G. Smith. Advertisements For Runaway Slaves, Indentured Servants, and Apprentices in the Pennsylvania Gazette, 1795–1796. Pennsylvania History, Vol. 54, No. 1 (January 1987), pp. 34–71.
- Glynn R. deV. Barratt. A Russian View of Philadelphia, 1795-96: From the Journal of Lieutenant Iurii Lisianskii. Pennsylvania History, Vol. 65, No. 1, Benjamin Franklin and His Enemies (Winter 1998), pp. 62–86.
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