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February 12, 1837 Tredegar Iron Company secures a charter from the state to become a corporation Virginia
April 9, 1837 Lieutenant Robert E. Lee is ordered to St. Louis to rework the Mississippi River commercial channel. Missouri
  Robert E. Lee
May 9, 1837 Banks in New York City see a tremendous outflow (some estimates range as high as $700,000) of hard currency (gold and silver) as a result of the Specie Circular. New York
  Specie Circular
  Panic of 1837
May 10, 1837 New York City banks suspend hard currency payments because of depleted reserves. The "Panic of 1837" that occurred today results in a 6-year depression New York
  Specie Circular
  Panic of 1837
July 1, 1837 Entering West Point in the class of 1841, Don Carlos Buell,
  Don Carlos Buell
September 2, 1837 Samuel F. B. Morse demonstrates a crude version of the telegraph.
  Telegraph
October 12, 1837 To battle the depression that resulted from the Panic of 1837, Congress approves the issuance of 10 million dollars in bonds.
  Panic of 1837
November 7, 1837 Elijah P. Lovejoy, a Presbyterian minister who had established an abolition newspaper in Alton, Ill., was shot to death
  abolition
December 6, 1837 Robert E. Lee submits a plan to save the port of St. Louis Missouri
  Robert E. Lee

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