Pre-Civil War Timeline

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Louisiana Purchase: 1803

1803

Lewis and Clark explore the Louisiana Purchase: 1804-1806

1804 - 1806

Robert Fulton invents the steamboat: 1807

1807

Battle of Tippecanoe: 1811

1811

War of 1812

1812 - 1815

Missouri Compromise: 1820

1820

Monroe Doctrine: 1823

1823

Erie Canal completed: 1825

1825

Freedom's Journal, first African-American newspaper published: 1827

1827

Nullification Crisis: 1828-1833

1828 - 1833

Indian Removal Act: 1830

1830

Peter Cooper builds the Tom Thumb: 1830

1830

Nat Turner's Revolt: 1831

1831

Texas gets its independence: 1836

1836

The Alamo: 1836

1836

Whitmans go to Oregon: 1836

1836

Trail of Tears: 1838

1838

Morse invents telegraph: 1844

1844

Irish Potato Famine: 1845-1852

1845 - 1852

Fredrick Douglass publishes his autobiography: 1845

1845

Sewing machine invented: 1846

1846

Mexican War: 1846-1848

1846 - 1848

Mormons go to Utah: 1847

1847

California Gold Rush: 1848-1855

1848 - 1855

Seneca Falls Convention: 1848

1848

Compromise of 1850

1850

Uncle Tom's Cabin published: 1852

1852

Kansas Nebraska Act: 1854

1854

Republican Party Formed: 1854

1854

Dred Scott Decision: 1857

1857

Lincoln–Douglas debates: 1858

1858

John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry: 1859

1859

Lincoln Elected: 1860

1860

South Carolina Secedes: 1860

1860

Presidential Administrations

John Adams: 1797-1801

1797 - 1801

Thomas Jefferson: 1801-1809

1801 - 1809

James Madison: 1809-1817

1809 - 1817

James Monroe: 1817-1825

1817 - 1825

John Quincy Adams: 1825-1829

1825 - 1829

Andrew Jackson: 1829-1837

1829 - 1837

Martin Van Buren: 1837-1841

1837 - 1841

William Henry Harrison: 1841

1841

John Tyler: 1841-1845

1841 - 1845

James K. Polk: 1845-1849

1845 - 1849

Zachary Taylor: 1849-1850

1849 - 1850

Millard Fillmore: 1850-1853

1850 - 1853

Franklin Pierce: 1853-1857

1853 - 1857

James Buchanan: 1857-1861

1857 - 1861

Abraham Lincoln: 1861-1865

1861 - 1865