First Female Doctor in AmericaJanuary 23rd, 1849: Elizabeth Blackwell received her medical degree from The Medical Institute of Geneva, NY and became the first female doctor in America. Later in life, Blackwell opened a clinic for poor women called the New York Infirmary for Women and Children.
California Gold Rush
1849: The peak year of the California Gold Rush. Over 300,000 people traveled to California in search of gold. This migration eventually led to California acquiring statehood but had a devastating effect on the native people through disease, starvation, and loss of land.
Poe Found in Baltimore
October 3rd, 1849: Edgar Allan Poe was found delirious and wearing someone else’s clothes in a tavern in Baltimore. He was taken to a hospital due to his alarming physical and mental distress.
Edgar Allan Poe Died
October 7th, 1849: After several days in the hospital, suffering from unknown ailments, Edgar Allan Poe died. Although there are many theories about his demise, the true cause of Poe’s death has never been determined.