United States and American History: 1806

About the history of the United States in 1806 as Webster's Dictionary is published, the first industry-wide strike is called, Burr is charged with treason, and Pike's peak is discovered.


-Noah Webster's Compendious Dictionary of the English Language was published. Noah was often confused with Daniel Webster, but the 2 were not related. Many words in Webster's Dictionary-such as "lengthy," "sot," "spry," "belittle," and "caucus"-were condemned as being nothing more than vulgar New Englandisms.

-The 1st industry-wide strike occurred when 200 Philadelphia shoemakers walked off the job and issued a nationwide strike order. At issue were wages, but leaders of the strike were indicated for criminal conspiracy, and the infant union was ordered disbanded. The shoe-makers then established a cooperative shoe warehouse.

-Up-and-coming frontier lawyer Andrew Jackson shot and killed Charles Dickinson in a Kentucky backwoods duel. Jackson suffered several broken ribs. Throughout his political career, he would be attacked for his many dueling bouts. At his death, Jackson carried one bullet lodged in his chest near his heart, and another in a bone in his left arm.

-Newport, R. I., became the 1st American city to have its streets illuminated by gas lights. It was the brainchild of David Melville, who installed these lights along Pelham Street. Unfortunately, due to legal complications, the project had to be abandoned.

-Aaron Burr was again in the news. But this time Burr was charged with treason, after being dropped as a vice-presidential candidate, for trying to set up a separate nation on land owned by the U.S. and Spain.

Nov. 15 Zebulon Pike sighted the Colorado peak that now bears his name during an expedition in the southwest. He did not climb it, however.

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