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Last updated September, 2008.
 2nd Column: GOP / dem - either directly; served under; or appointed by Admin. --- Misc. - unknown, non-partisan or not applicable.

1900s - 20th Century       -       2000s - 21st Century
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1641 Misc. Massachusetts was the first colony to legalize slavery by statute.
1644 Misc. The first legal protest by blacks in America is lodged when 11 slaves petition the Council of New Netherlands and for their freedom; they win because of 17+ years of service and having been previously promised freedom.
1650 Misc. When The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up in America, a book of poems, is published in England in 1650, Anne Bradstreet becomes first woman writer of the New World.
1707 Misc. The first professional woman artist in the Americas was Henreitta Johnston when she begins working in Charles Town, colonial South Carolina (Charleston) as a portrait artist.
1752 Misc. Pennsylvania Hospital opens as the first hospital in America.
1755 Misc. John Adams is the first to become president who had attended Harvard University, graduating in 1755.
1764 Misc. Maryland was the first state to try to discourage by law the marriage of white women to black men.
1775 Misc. The first Abolition Society in the United States is founded in Pennsylvania.
1775 Misc. Mary Katherine Goddard becomes the first woman publisher in America in 1775 when, with her widowed mother becomes publishers of the Providence Gazette newspaper and the annual West's Almanack.
See 1777.
1775 Misc. Francis Salvador in colonial South Carolina is the first Jew elected to a public office in America.
1777 Misc. Vermont is the first state to abolish slavery. 
1777 Misc. Mary Katherine Goddard is the first publisher to offer copies of the Declaration of Independence that included the signers' names.
See 1775.
1778 Misc. The first Treaty is made with the Delaware Indians by the Continental Congress.
1787 Misc. Delaware, by unanimous vote, is the first state to ratify the Constitution.  Doing so makes Delaware the first state of the Union. (c
1787 Misc. The first Federalist Paper appears in the New York press to inform the public of the background reasoning and justification for ratification.
1781 Misc The Massachusetts legislature enacts the first official state holiday recognizing the Fourth of July in 1781. Copyright 2007 Roger W Hancock 
1788 Misc. Under the authority of the new U.S. Constitution the first elections of senators and representatives are held.©
1789 Misc. The first session of the United States Congress convenes in March, in New York.
1789 Misc. George Washington is the first President of the United States when electors cast a clear majority of votes, for him.
1789 Misc. George Washington is the first President to do first, everything he did as president.  ( -: )>
1793 Misc. The first fugitive Slave Law is passed by the U.S. Congress
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1801 D-Rep Thomas Jefferson is believed to be the first and only President to have walked to and from his inaugural (March 4, 1801)
1801 D-Rep The National intelligencer published the first newspaper extra of an inaugural address.
1801 D-Rep The White House holds the first public Fourth of July reception in 1801.
1803 Misc. Ohio becomes the first state west of the Alleghenies.
1812 D-Rep The first engineered redistricting for political advantage is enabled when Massachusetts Governor Elbridge Gerry signs a redistricting law. The designing of a district to take in a particular official or candidate or for other political advantage becomes known as "gerrymandering."
1815 Misc. John Stevens is granted the first American Railroad Charter by the State of New Jersey.
1822 Misc. Joseph Marion Hernández Is the first Hispanic to serve in Congress (1822).  He was also the first Delegate from the territory of Florida.
1822 Misc. Alexander Lucius Twilight becomes the first Black American to graduate from an American university in 1823 when he received his bachelor's degree from Middlebury College.
1824 Misc. Liberia is established by freed American slaves.
1824 Misc. The first political poll published was in and taken by the Harrisburg Pennsylvanian newspaper in 1824. The presidential preference "straw poll" was taken in Wilmington, Delaware.
1826 Misc. Hawaii's first general tax law is enacted to provide revenue for shipbuilding and other development.
1831 Anti- The Anti-Masonic Party, on September 26, 1830  at the Athenaeum in Baltimore, Maryland, was first the political party to hold a nominating convention to select its candidates for president and vice president.
1831 GOP The Republican Party holds its first nominating convention at the Athenaeum in Baltimore, Maryland from December 12th to the 15th.
1832 dem The Democratic Party follows the opposition parties holding the 1832 Democratic National Convention , at the Athenaeum in Baltimore, Maryland from May 21st to the 25th. This was the first Democratic nominating convention.
1832 dem The first contested roll-call vote in political convention history occurs at the 1832 Democratic National Convention on May 21st. The convention voted 126 to 153 to not allow D.C. voting rights at the convention.
1836   The first Black American is elected to a State office when Alexander Lucius Twilight is elected to the Vermont legislature in 1836.
1836 dem The election of 1836 was the first and only where the Vice Presidential race was thrown into the U.S. Senate. Without a clear majority of electoral votes, Johnson was chosen by the Senate (33-14) over Granger. The others were legally out of the running.
1836 Whig The Whig party was the first and only political party to run several presidential candidates, in differing regions of the country, in the hope of splitting the vote to have the House of Representatives select from their candidates.
1837 dem Richard Mentor Johnson is the first and only candidate for Vice President to be chosen by the Senate of the United States when the electoral vote failed to provide a majority to any of the candidates.
1837 Misc. The first Black American to earn an M.D. degree was James McCune Smith, graduating from the University of Glasgow in 1837.
1841 Misc. The first prolonged filibuster in the U.S. Senate began February 18th continuing until March 11th.
1845 dem David Levy Yulee was the first Jew elected to the U.S. Senate.  Yulee was a Moroccan Jew and was elected U.S. Senator from Florida.
1849 dem James Knox Polk is the first sitting president to have his photograph taken while in New York City, NY.
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1855 Misc. John Mercer Langston becomes the first Black American to be elected to a local office whe he wins the election for town clerk of Brownhelm Township, Ohio.
1856 GOP The Republican Party opens its first national convention on June 17, 1856, in Philadelphia.  
1856 GOP John C. Fremont, the first Republican Party presidential candidate, is defeated by democrat James Buchanan.
1857 dem James Buchanan is the first President known to have been photographed. [Obviously in his earlier life as Polk was the first sitting president to be photographed. See 1849]
1859 Misc. Oregon is the first State admitted with a slavery exclusion law written into the state constitution.
1859 N.dem Stephen Douglas of the Northern Democratic Party was the first Presidential candidate to conduct a nationwide speaking tour. Traveling the South not expecting many electoral votes he advocated on behalf of the maintenance of the Union.
1861 dem Judah Benjamin resigned as U.S. Senator from Louisiana to accept Confederate President Jefferson Davis's offer to be the Attorney General of the new Confederacy.  He became the first Jew to hold a cabinet-level office in either American government.
1862 Misc. Mary Jane Patterson is the first Black American woman to earn a B.A. degree when she graduated from Oberlin College in 1862.
1864 GOP Soldiers in the field are allowed for the first time to vote in presidential elections. Abraham Lincoln received 70% of the the Union Army vote in the 1864 election.
1864 Misc. the first Black American woman to receive an M.D. degree is Rebecca Lee Crumpler when she graduated from the New England Female Medical College in 1864
1866 GOP Edward G. Walker and Charles L. Mitchell are the first Blacks to hold office in an American legislature (Massachusetts Assembly).
1868 GOP The South Carolina State House becomes the first and only legislature to have a black majority. 87 blacks to 40 whites. The South Carolina State Constitutional Convention convenes on January 14th.
1868 GOP The first Black American Lieutenant Governor was Oscar J. Dunn, a former slave, installed on July 13, 1868 to the Louisiana office.
1869 GOP The first Black appointed to the diplomatic service is Ebenezer Don Carlos Bassett of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania who becomes the U.S. Minister to Haiti.
1869 Misc. Granted permission in 1869 Arabella Mansfield is granted admission to practice law in Iowa, becoming the first woman lawyer in America.
See 1870.
1869 Misc. The first State to grant women the right to vote is Wyoming, on December 10, 1869.
1870 GOP Senator Hiram R. Revels, a minister from Natchez, Mississippi, is the first black senator in American history serving during Reconstruction from February 25, 1870 to March 4, 1871.
1870 GOP The first Black American to hold a major judicial position is Jonathan Jasper Wright who was elected to the South Carolina Supreme Court.   
1870 GOP From South Carolina, Joseph Hayne Rainey was the first black to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives.
1870 GOP Joseph H. Rainey of South Carolina became the first Black American in the U.S. House of Representatives when seated on December 12, 1870. He was the second Black American to serve in either House of Congress.
1870 dem The Democratic Party is depicted for the first time in a political cartoon in 1870 as "A Live Jackass Kicking a Dead Lion" by cartoonist, Thomas Nast, for the Harper's Weekly.
1870 Misc. Graduating from Union College of Law in Chicago Illinois, Ada H. Kepley is the first woman lawyer to graduate from a law school.
See 1869.
1870 Misc. Women are for the first time in American history allowed to serve on a grand jury in the state of Wyoming in 1870.
1871 GOP PBS Pinchback becomes America's first Black lieutenant governor when he becomes the Lieutenant governor of Louisiana.
1872 GOP PBS Pinchback becomes America's first Black governor when appointed, serving from December 9, 1872 to January 13, 1873 while impeachment is brought against the elected Louisiana governor.
1872 Misc. Victoria Claflin Woodhull when nominated by the National Radical Reformers in 1872 becomes the first woman presidential candidate in the Unites States of America.
1872 GOP John Roy Lynch became the first African American to be a speaker of a State House of Representatives when chosen in 1872 by the white majority of the Mississippi House. Later the same year he is elected to the U.S. House.
See next entry & 1884
1872 GOP John Roy Lynch at age of 26 becomes the youngest Black Congressman when elected in 1872 to the U.S. House of Representatives from Mississippi.
See previous entry & 1884
1874 GOP Blanche Kelso Bruce, elected to the U.S. Senate by the Mississippi legislature, becomes the first Black to serve a full six-year U.S. Senate term entering Congress on March 5, 1875.
See 1877.
1874 Misc. To improve the national morality, primarily by the protest of alcoholic beverages, the Woman's Christian Temperance Union is founded in 1874.
1874 Misc. Edward A. Bouchet was the first Black American to earn a Ph.D. when graduating from Yale University in 1876.
1877 GOP Blanche Kelso Bruce is the first Black American to chair a congressional committee when selected to chair the select committee on Mississippi River levees.
1874, 1875
1879 Misc. The first woman allowed to practice law before the United States Supreme Court was Belva Ann Lockwood.
1881 GOP The first state to enact a prohibition on alcoholic beverages was the state of Kansas.
1883 dem The First Antitrust Law is enacted on February 23rd, 1883 by the Alabama State Legislature.
1883 GOP One year after President Arthur signed in the Civil Service Act, the first woman and second person is appointed to a federal civil service position. Mary Hoyt of Connecticut was appointed on September 5, 1883.
1884 GOP John R. Lynch is the first Black to preside over a national convention of a major U.S. political party serving as temporary chairman to the Republican Convention of 1884.
See 1872 a & 1872 b
1885 Misc June 14 is the date of the first observance of "Flag Birth Day", thirty-one years before it becomes an Official holiday.
1887 Misc. Susanna Medora Salter, of Argonia, Kansas, becomes the first woman mayor in the United States. Her name was placed on the ballot as a joke by men who opposed women in government.
1888 Misc. Philip Jaisohn is the first Korean to become an American Citizen.  Jaisohn in 1892 becomes the first Korean-American to receive an American Medical Degree.
1891 dem Owning the distinction of being the first native Texan to become governor, James Hogg begins serving as Governor of Texas.
1893 Misc. Postmaster General General John Wanamaker created a controversy when he issued America's first commemorative postage stamps. Celebrating the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus's voyage to the new world the commemorative stamps were issued to coincide with the World Columbian Exposition held in Chicago, Illinois, from May 1 to October 30, 1893.
1895 GOP William O. Bradley is elected in 1895 as Kentucky's first Republican governor.
1896 dem Emma Guy Cromwell becomes the first woman to hold a statewide office when the 1896 Kentucky State Senate elects her to be State Librarian.
1897 Misc. The first RFD (Rural Free Delivery) mail routes in the U.S. begin in 1897 in Todd County, Kentucky. The carrier was paid $45 per month and provided his own buggy, horse, feed, and water.
1897 dem Martha Hughs Cannon is America's first woman state senator when elected to the Utah Senate in 1897.
1898 GOP Estelle Reel held the position of Superintendent of Indian Schools from 1898 to 1910. Reel was the first woman nominated to federal service that required Senate ratification.
1899 GOP The U.S. Congress approves the first voting Machines for use in federal elections.
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