The Methodist Episcopal church founds Wilberforce University.
Pennsylvania Railroad completes Chicago link.
Illinois Central completed between Chicago and Cairo, Illinois.
The "Sack of Lawrence."
While his fellow Congressmen watch, Charles Sumner is caned on floor of U.S. Senate.
James Buchanan is elected President.
John Brown slaughters proslavery settlers near Pottawatomie Creek, Kansas.Booker T. Washington is born a slave in Virginia.
John Mercer Langdon elected Township clerk of Lorain County, Ohio; first African American to win a political election.