Philadelphia 1750-1850

Events

Benjamin Franklin uses a kite and key to establish electricity

1750

Liberty Bell arrives in Philadelphia

1752

French and Indian War

1754

Richard Allen (influential black leader) born

1760

Philadelphia's first hospital is established

1761

The boundary (Mason-Dixon line) between Maryland and Pennsylvania is established

1767

First abolitionist society is established in Philadelphia

1774

Continental Congress elects Benjamin Franklin as Postmaster General of the United Colonies

1775

Declaration of Independence is signed in Philadelphia

1776

Pennsylvania is first state to abolish slavery

1780

Constitutional Convention met about a weak central government

1787

George Washington is elected president and gives acceptance speech in Philadelphia

1789

The Bill of Rights is adopted in Philadelphia for the U.S.

1791

Yellow Fever spread in Philadelphia

1793

The U.S. Capital relocates to DC from Philadelphia

1800

The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts is funded

1805

The first American theater is built in Philadelphia

1809

The first steam ferry boat went from Philadelphia to Camden

1810

County Commissioners propose free education

1815

Legislature passes first School District of Pennsylvania

1818

The Philadelphia College of Pharmacy is funded

1821

Orphan Asylum in Philadelphia is burned killing 23 kids

1822

The Franklin Institute opens

1825

Stephen Gerard dies (turned Bush Hill into a hospital for Fever victims)

1831

Philadelphia General Strike occurs with 20,000 workers

1835

The Shelter for Colored Orphans is burned down by a mob

1838

Philadelphia Navisist Riots occur

1844

Philadelphia School of Design for Women is funded

1848

Cholera epidemic

1849

Philadelphia's population rises to 121,000

1850

A huge fire destroys 367 houses

1850

The Academy of Music opens and is still used today

1857