Decades: 1780s 1790s 1800s 1810s 1820s - 1830s - 1840s 1850s 1860s 1870s 1880s
Years: 1832 1833 1834 1835 1836 - 1837 - 1838 1839 1840 1841 1842
January 10 - DePauw University founded in Greencastle, Indiana
January 26 - Michigan is admitted as the 26th U.S. State.
February 8 - Richard Johnson becomes the first Vice President of the United States chosen by the United States Senate
February 11 - American Physiological Society organizes in Boston
March 4 - Martin Van Buren succeeds Andrew Jackson as the President of the United States of America.
March 4 - Chicago, Illinois is granted a city charter by Illinois.
May 10 - Panic of 1837 (Global economic crisis): New York City banks fail, and unemployment reaches record levels.
June 5 - The city of Houston, Texas is granted a city charter.
June 20 - Queen Victoria, monarch of the United Kingdom ascends to the throne .
August 16 - Dutch sack of the fortress of Bonjol, ending the Padri War
November 7 - In Alton, Illinois, abolitionist printer Elijah P. Lovejoy is shot to death by a mob (supporters of slavery) while he was attempting to protect his printing shop from being destroyed a third time.
Financial and economic panic in America (wildcat banking, paper speculation and inflated land values)
Samuel Morse invents the telegraph
In the Canadas, William Lyon Mackenzie leads the Upper Canada Rebellion and Louis-Joseph Papineau leads the Patriotes Rebellion.
Year in topic
1837 in literature
1837 in music
1837 in science
February 5 - Dwight L. Moody, evangelist († 1899)
March 1 - William Dean Howells, writer, historian, editor, politician. († 1920)
March 18 - Grover Cleveland, President of the United States († 1908)
March 23 - Charles Wyndham - English Actor and Theatrical Manager (&dagger 1919)
May 9 - Adam Opel, German engineer and industrialist († 1895)
June 22 - Paul Morphy, American chess player († 1884)
August 24 - Théodore Dubois, composer and teacher († 1924)
October 11 - Joseph Burton Sumner, later founder and first mayor of Sumner, Mississippi, USA. (†1920)
November 14 - Lucas Barrett, English naturalist († 1862)
December 26 - George Dewey, naval officer († 1917)
Osman Pasha - Turkish General & Statesman (&dagger 1900)
January 20 - John Soane, British architect (* 1753)
January 23 - John Field, composer (* 1782)
February 7 - Gustav IV Adolf of Sweden (* 1778)
February 10 - Alexander Pushkin, author (* 1799)
March 31 - John Constable, painter (* 1776)
June 20 - King William IV of the United Kingdom (* 1765)
October 5 - Hortense de Beauharnais Queen of Holland and mother of the Emperor Napoleon III of France (* 1783)
December 13 - Saint Herman of Alaska * c1756)
Heads of states
Ottoman Empire - Mahmud II Sultan of the Ottoman Empire (1808-1839)
Prussia - Frederick William III King of Prussia (1797-1840)