Elihu Atwater (1735 - 1816)



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Wallingford, Connecticut


at Cheshire, New Haven, Connecticut, USA,

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1800 - When he was 65 years old, on August 30th, educated blacksmith Gabriel Prosser organized a slave revolt. He wanted to capture Richmond and kill all whites - excluding Methodists, Quakers, Frenchmen, and the poor - and become king of a new black nation. The revolt failed, he was captured and hung. Slave laws were tightened in Virginia.

1802 - Elihu was 67 years old when on March 16, Congress established the United States Military Academy at West Point - the oldest of the five service academies in the United States and one of the oldest service academies in the world.

1806 - When he was 71 years old, on May 30th, Andrew Jackson killed Charles Dickinson in a duel. Dickinson accused Jackson of cheating on a bet, then insulted his wife Rachel - accusing her of bigamy. Although Dickinson had the first shot - and hit Jackson in the chest, near his heart - Jackson shot (maybe twice, which would have been illegal) and killed Dickinson. Although it is thought that Jackson fought anywhere from 5 to 100 duels (he had a bad temper), he won a run for President in 1829.

1810 - When he was 75 years old, on September 23rd, the Republic of West Florida - now the eastern part of Louisiana - declared independence from Spain. The Republic lasted only a few months - until the United States annexed it later in the same year.

1816 - In the year of Elihu Atwater's passing, in Philadelphia, the African Methodist Episcopal Church - the oldest independent Protestant denomination in the world founded by black people - was established by Richard Allen and other African-American Methodists. It is often called the AME church today.

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Elihu Atwater passed away on October 9, 1816 at Cheshire, New Haven, Connecticut, USA at age 81. There is no listed cause of death. He was born on January 18, 1735 in Wallingford, Connecticut. We have no information about Elihu's family or relationships.


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