A.P. U.S. History Timeline

Colonial Era 1607-1763

John Cabot, 1497

1497

Spanish Armada, 1588

1588

Salutary Neglect, 1607-1763

1607 - 1763

Jamestown, 1607

May 4, 1607

Pilgrims Land, 1620

1620

Roger Williams, 1636

1636

Anne Hutchinson, 1638

1638

Massachusetts General School Act of 1647

1647

Maryland Toleration Act, 1649

1649

John Locke, 1689

1689

Acts of Trade and Navigation, 1733-1764

1733 - 1764

John Peter Zenger, 1735

1735

Albany Plan of Union, 1754

1754

French and Indian War, 1754-1763

1754 - 1763

William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham, 1756-1761

1756 - 1761

Fort Duquesne

1758

James Wolfe, 1759

1759

Battle of Quebec, 1759

1759

Peace of Paris, 1763

1764

Pre-Revolutionary Era, 1763-1776

Proclamation of 1763

1763

Pontiac, 1763-1766

1763 - 1766

Sugar Act, 1764

1764

Stamp Act, 1765

1765

Stamp Act Congress, 1765

1765

George Grenville, 1765

1765

Writs of Assistance, 1767

1767

Townshend Acts, 1767

1767

Samuel Adams, 1768-1776

1768 - 1776

Boston Massacre, 1770

1770

Committees of Correspondence, 1773

1773

Sons of Liberty

1773

First Continental Congress, 1774

1774

Second Continental Congress, 1775

1775

Bunker Hill, 1775

1775

Lexington and Concord, 1775

1775

American Revolution, 1776-1783

Loyalists, 1776-1783

1776 - 1783

Battle of Trenton, 1776

1776

Declaration of Independence, July 4th, 1776

July 4, 1776

John Burgoyne, 1777

1777

Battle of Saratoga, 1777

1777

Valley Forge, 1777-1778

December 19, 1777 - June 18, 1778

Battle of Yorktown, 1781

September 28, 1781 - October 19, 1781

Articles of Confederation, 1783-1789

Patrick Henry, 1765-1798

1765 - 1798

Articles of Confederation, 1781-1789

1781 - 1789

Land Ordinance of 1785

1785

Annapolis Convention, 1786

1786

Shay's Rebellion, August 1786-June 1787

August 1786 - June 1787

Northwest Ordinance, 1787

1787

Great Compromise of 1787

1787

The Federalist, October 1787-August 1788

October 1787 - August 1788

Anti-Federalists, 1788

1788

Alexander Hamilton, 1789-1804

1789 - July 12, 1804

Federalists, 1788-1824

1792 - 1824

New Nation Era, 1789-1814

George Washington, 1789-1797

1789 - 1797

-No party affiliation
-Only President unanimously elected
-Helped define the nature of the Presidency

Tariff of 1789

1789

Constitution of the United States, 1789

1789

Judiciary Act of 1789

1789

Whiskey Rebellion, 1791-1794

1791 - 1794

Bank of the United States, 1791-1811

1791 - 1811

Toussaint L'Ouverture, 1791-1802

1791 - 1802

Citizen Genét, Edmond- Charles Genét, 1793-1794

1793 - 1794

Neutrality Proclamation of 1793

1793

Democratic Republicans, 1793-1824

1793 - 1824

Washington's Farewell Adress

1797

XYZ Affair, 1797

1797

John Adams, March 4, 1797-March 4, 1801

March 4, 1797 - March 4, 1801
  • Federalist -Alien and Sedition Acts
  • Quasi-War

Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions, 1798-1799

1798 - 1799

Alien and Sedition Acts, 1798

1798

John Marshall, 1801-1835

1801 - 1835

"Midnight Judges", 1801

1801

Thomas Jefferson, 1801-1809

1801 - 1809

-Democratic Republican
-Embargo Act
-Louisiana Purchase

Nonintercourse Act, 1802

1802

Marbury vs. Madison, 1803

1803

Louisiana Purchase, 1804

1804

Lewis and Clark Expedition, 1804-1806

1804 - 1806

Impressment Crisis, 1805-1812

1805 - 1812

"War Hawks", 1805- 1812

1805 - 1812

Embargo Act of 1807

1807

James Madison, 1809-1817

1809 - 1817

-Democratic Republican
-War of 1812
-American System

Destruction of Washington, 1812

1812

Hartford, 1814-1815

1814 - 1815

"The Star Spangled Banner", 1814

1814

Battle of New Orleans, 1815

1815

Tariff of 1828, "Tariff of Abominations"

1828

John Tyler, April 4, 1841 – March 4, 1845

April 4, 1841 - March 4, 1845

-Whig
-First Vice President to succeed to Presidency
-Diplomatic success such as Webster-Ashburton Treaty, Treaty of Wanghia

"Era of Good Feelings" 1814-1828

Eli Whitney, 1794-1801

1794 - 1801

John C. Calhoun, 1811-1850

1811 - 1850

National Road, 1811

1811

"The Era of Good Feelings", 1814-1828

1814 - 1828

American System, 1815

1815

Erie Canal, 1817-1825

1817 - 1825

James Monroe, 1817-1825

1817 - 1825

-Democratic Republican
-Monroe Doctrine
-Missouri Compromise

Missouri Compromise, 1820

1820

Monroe Doctrine, 1823

1823

John Quincy Adams, 1825-1829

1825 - 1829

-Democratic Republican
-Paid off National Debt
-American System

Age of Jackson, 1828-1840

Nicholas Biddle, 1816-1836

1816 - 1836

Andrew Jackson, 1829-1837

1829 - 1837

-Democrat
-Nullification Crisis
-Indian Removal Act

Spoils System, 1829

1829

Webster-Hayne Debate, 1830

1830

Nullification Crisis, 1832-1833

1832 - 1833

Compromise of 1833

1833

Alamo, February 23 – March 6, 1836

February 23, 1836 - March 6, 1836

Panic of 1837

1837

Martin Van Buren, 1837-1841

1837 - 1841

-Democrat
-Panic of 1837
-Independent Treasury

Manifest Destiny, 1840-1850

Stephen F. Austin, 1825-1836

1825 - 1836

Sam Houston, 1836-1859

1836 - 1859

Dorothea Dix, 1840-1845

1840 - 1845

Manifest Destiny, 1840-1850

1840 - 1850

William Henry Harrison, March 4, 1841- April 4, 1841

March 4, 1841 - April 4, 1841

-Whig
-Pneumonia
-"Old Tippecanoe"

James K. Polk, March 4, 1845 – March 4, 1849

March 4, 1845 - March 4, 1849

-Democrat
-Mexican American War victory
U.S. Naval Academy, Smithsonian Institute, Washington Monument, first postage stamps

Mormon Migration, 1847-1869

1847 - 1869

Seneca Falls Convention, 1848

1848

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, 1848

1848

49ers, 1849

1849

Zachary Taylor, March 4, 1849 – July 9, 1850

March 4, 1849 - July 9, 1850

-Whig
-Mexican American War hero
-Compromise of 1850

Pre Civil War Era, 1850-1861

StephenA. Douglas, 1850-1861

1850 - 1861

Compromise of 1850

1850

Millard Fillmore, July 9, 1850 – March 4, 1853

July 9, 1850 - March 4, 1853

-Whig
-Compromise of 1850
- Opening of Japan

Gadsen Purchase, 1853

1853

Harriet Beecher Stowe, 1853

1853

Franklin Pierce, March 4, 1853 – March 4, 1857

March 4, 1853 - March 4, 1857

-Democrat
-Kansas-Nebraska Act
-Fugitive Slave Act

Kansas-Nebraska Act, 1854

1854

Dred Scott vs. Sanford, 1857

1857

James Buchanan, March 4, 1857 – March 4, 1861

March 4, 1857 - March 4, 1861

-Democrat
-Caused Secession
-Failed at all attempts for Reconciliation

Lincoln-Douglas Debates, 1858

1858

Crittenden Compromise, 1860

1860

Fort Sumter, 1861

1861

Emancipation Proclamation, 1863

1863

Civil War, 1861-1865

Copperheads, 1861-1865

1861 - 1865

Abraham Lincoln, March 4, 1861 – April 15, 1865

March 4, 1861 - April 15, 1865

-Republican
- Led the Nation through Civil War
-Assassinated six days after the end of the war

Robert E. Lee, 1862-1865

1862 - 1865

Battle of Hampton Roads, U.S.S. Monitor vs. C.S.S. Virginia, 1862

1862

Battle of Antietam

1862

Ulysses S. Grant, 1862-1865

1862 - 1865

Battle of Gettysburg, 1863

1863

William Tecumseh Sherman, 1864

1864

Appomattox, April 9, 1865

April 9, 1865

Reconstruction 1865-1877

Klu Klux Klan, 1860-1869

1860 - 1869

13th, 14th, 15th, Amendments, 1865-1870

1865 - 1870

Sharecropping, 1865-1950

Approx. 1865 - 1950

Andrew Johnson, April 15, 1865 – March 4, 1869

April 15, 1865 - March 4, 1869

-Democrat
-Opposed Radical Reconstruction
-Impeached, but acquitted by one vote

Radical Reconstruction, 1866-1873

1866 - 1873

Carpetbag Governments, 1866-1873

1866 - 1873

Impeachment of President Andrew Johnson, 1868

1868

Ulysses S. Grant, March 4, 1869 – March 4, 1877

March 4, 1869 - March 4, 1877

-Republican
-Panic of 1873
-Corruption in administration

Gilded Age, 1865-1900

William M. "Boss" Tweed, 1852-1877

1852 - 1877

Open Range Cattle Industry, 1860-1870

Approx. 1860 - Approx. 1870

Homestead Act, 1862

1862

Transcontinental Railroad, 1863-1869

1863 - 1869

Sand Creek Massacre, 1864

1864

The Grange, 1867

1867

Alaska Purchase, 1867

1867

John D. Rockefeller, 1870-1897

1870 - 1897

Tammany Hall, 1870-1900

1870 - 1900

Crédit Mobilier, 1872

1872

Custer's Last Stand, 1876

1876

Rutherford B. Hayes, March 4, 1877 – March 4, 1881

March 4, 1877 - March 4, 1881

-Republican
- Dawes Act
- Civil Service reform

John Hay, 1879-1881

1879 - 1881

Knights of Labor, 1880-1886

1880 - 1886

Panama Canal, 1881-1914

1881 - 1914

James A. Garfield, March 4, March 4, 1881 – September 19, 1881

March 4, 1881 - September 19, 1881

-Republican
-Assassinated
-Briefly strengthened presidency and navy

Chester A. Arthur, September 19, 1881 – March 4, 1885

September 19, 1881 - March 4, 1885

-Republican
-Pendleton Act
-Mild reformer

Chinese Exclusion Act, 1882

1882

Pendleton Act, 1883

1883

Andrew Carnegie, 1885-1900

1885 - 1900

Grover Cleveland, March 4, 1885 – March 4, 1889

March 4, 1885 - March 4, 1889

-Democrat
-Reformer
-Bipartisan support

Haymarket Square Riot, 1886

1886

Dawes Act, 1887

1887

Jane Addams, 1889

1889

Benjamin Harrison, March 4, 1889 – March 4, 1893

March 4, 1889 - March 4, 1893

/Republican
/Sherman Antitrust Act
/Annexation of Hawaii

Sherman Anti-Trust Act, 1890

1890

Jacob Riis, 1890

1890

Yellow Press, 1890

1890

Alfred T Mahan, 1890

1890

USS Maine, 18 November 1890

18 November 1890

Wounded Knee, December 29, 1890

December 29, 1890

Populist Party, 1891-1896

1891 - 1896

Homestead Strike, 1892

1892

Omaha Platform, 1892

1892

Free Silver Movement, 1893-1896

1893 - 1896

Grover Cleveland, March 4, 1893 – March 4, 1897

March 4, 1893 - March 4, 1897

-Democrat
-Panic of 1893
-Much less successful than first term

USS Oregon, 26 October 1893

26 October 1893

Pullman Strike, 1894

1894

Eugene Debs, 1894

1894

Plessy v. Ferguson, 1896

1896

William Jennings Bryan, 1896-1908

1896 - 1908

"Cross of Gold" Speech, 1896

1896

William McKinley, March 4, 1897 – September 14, 1901

March 4, 1897 - September 14, 1901

/Republican
/protective tariff
/Spanish-American War

Josiah Strong, 1898–1916

1898 - 1916

Rough Riders, 1898

1898

White Man's Burden, 1899

1899

Emilio Aguinaldo, 1899–1901

1899 - 1901

Open Door Policy, 1899

1899

Rudyard Kipling, 1899

1899

Muckrakers, 1900

Approx. 1900

Walter Reed, 1901

1901

Progressive Era, 1900-1920

Doughboys, 1846-1945

1846 - 1948

Triple Alliance, 20 May 1882-1914

20 May 1882 - 1914

Booker T Washington, 1890-1915

1890 - 1915

George Creel, 1900-1920

1900 - 1920

U-boats, 1900-1920

1900 - 1920

"Big Stick", September 2, 1901

September 2, 1901

Theodore Roosevelt, September 14, 1901 – March 4, 1909

September 14, 1901 - March 4, 1909

/Republican
/"Big Stick"
/Spanish-American War

Coal strike 1902

1902

Joe Cannon, 1903-1911

1903 - 1911

Square Deal, 1903

1903

Russo-Japanese War, 8 February 1904 – 5 September 1905

8 February 1904 - 5 September 1905

IWW or Wobblies, 1905

1905

Pure Food and Drug Act, 1906

1906

Triple Entente, 31 August 1907

31 August 1907

William Gorgas, 1909–1910

1909 - 1910

William Howard Taft, March 4, 1909 – March 4, 1913

March 4, 1909 - March 4, 1913

/Republican
/Dollar Diplomacy
/Trust Busting

Ballinger-Pinchot, July 1909

July 1909

Progressive Party, 1912

1912

16th Amendment, February 3, 1913

February 3, 1913

Thomas Woodrow Wilson, March 4, 1913 – March 4, 1921

March 4, 1913 - March 4, 1921

Democratic,
WWI,
Treaty of Versailles

17th Amendment, May 31, 1913

May 31, 1913

Federal Reserve Act, December 23, 1913

December 23, 1913

Assassination of Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand, 1914

1914

George Goethals, August 15, 1914

August 15, 1914

Panama Canal, August 15, 1914

August 15, 1914

Lusitania, 1915

1915

Sussex Pledge, 1916

1916

Bernard Baruch, 1916-1920

1916 - 1920

WEB DuBoid, 1917

1917

Zimmermann Telegram, 1917

1917

Fourteen Points, January 8, 1918

January 8, 1918

Sargent York, October 8, 1918

October 8, 1918

Versailles Treaty, 11 November 1918

11 November 1918

19th Amendment, 1919

1919

18th Amendment, January 16, 1919-January 17, 1920

January 16, 1919 - January 17, 1920

Red Scare, 1920–1921

1920 - 1921

Roaring Twenties, 1920-1929

John Calvin Coolidge Jr. August 2, 1923 – March 4, 1929

December 16, 1919 - March 4, 1921

/Republican
/Revenue Act of 1924
/Criticized for actions during the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927

Frank Lincoln Wright, 1920-1929

1920 - 1929

Harlem Renaissance, 1920-1929

1920 - 1929

Prohibition, 1920-1933

1920 - 1933

Ku Klux Klan, 1920-1929

1920 - 1929

Teapot Dome, 1921-1924

1921 - 1924

Warren Gamaliel Harding, March 4, 1921 – August 2, 1923

March 4, 1921 - August 2, 1923

/Republican
/Teapot Dome scandal
/Washington Naval Conference

Sacco and Vanzetti, July 14, 1921

July 14, 1921

5:5:3 Ration, November 1921-February 1922

November 1921

Scopes Monkey Trial, July 21, 1925

July 21, 1925

Henry Ford, 1927

1927

Amelia Earhart, 1928

1928

Crash and Depression, 1929-1941

Agricultural Marketing Act, 1929

1929

Herbert Hoover, March 4, 1929 – March 4, 1933

March 4, 1929 - March 4, 1933

Great Depression,
Revenue Act of 1932,
World War Adjusted Compensation Act.

Wickersham Commission, May 20, 1929

May 20, 1929

The Great Depression, September 4, 1929-1933

September 4 1929

Market Crash, October 29, 1929

October 29, 1929

Election of 1932

1932

Hoover-Stimson Doctrine, January 7, 1932

January 7 1932

Francis Perkins, 1933-1945

1933 - 1945

Fireside Chats, 1933-1944

1933 - 1944

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, March 4, 1933 – April 12, 1945

March 4, 1933 - April 12, 1945

/Democratic Party
/New Deal
/World War II

The "Hundred Days", 5 March 1933

5 March 1933

London Economic Conference, June 12 to July 27, 1933

June 12 1933 - July 27 1933

Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution, December 5, 1933

December 5 1933

Dust Bowl, 1934-1940

1934 - 1940

Johnson Act, 1934

1934

Huey Long, 1934-September 10, 1935

1934 - September 10, 1935

Nye Investigation, April 12, 1934

April 12 1934

Appeasement, 1935-1939

1935 - 1939

Neutrality Acts, 1935-September 11, 1941

1935 - September 11, 1941

Quarantine of Aggressors, October 5, 1937

October 5, 1937

Panay, 12 December 1937

12 December 1937

"Phony War", September 1939-April 1940

September 1939 - April 1940

WWII Era, 1941-1945

America First Committee, 1940

1940

Aiding The Allies, 1940

1940

Durnkirk, 26 May-4 June

26 may 1940 - 4 June 1940

Pearl Harbor Attack, December 7, 1941

December 7, 1941

D-day Landings, 6 June 1944

6 June 1944

Hiroshima-Nagasaki, August 6 and August 9, 1945

August 6, 1945 - August 9, 1945