South Carolinian John C. Calhoun died. Calhoun served in the US Senate for a total of 16 years, was Vice President under John Quincy Adams, Secretary of War under James Monroe, and Secretary of State under James Tyler.
California became the nation’s 31st state.
American Express was founded by Henry Wells and William Fargo.
Nathaniel Hawthorne published the Scarlett Letter.
Charles T. Lowndes started C. T. Lowndes & Company, an insurance agency in Charleston, SC and is still in business 165 years later and still owned by the same family.
Kansas City, Mo. was founded.
The Clayton-Bulware Treaty was signed by the United States and Great Brittan allowing both countries to share Nicaragua and not claim complete control over the proposed Nicaragua Canal.