In 1792, the French Revolution continued. The U.S. Post Office Department and U.S. Mint were established. The Buttonwood Agreement was signed, beginning what would become the New York Stock Exchange. Kentucky was admitted as a state. The cornerstone of the White House was laid. George Washington was re-elected president.
Notable births in 1792 included inventor Samuel Slocum; astronomer John Herschel; Pope Pius IX; businessman William Backhouse Astor, Sr; philosopher Victor Cousin; and mathematician Nikolai Lobachevsky. Notable deaths included painter Joshua Reynolds, Holy Roman Emperor Leopold II, architect Robert Adam, King Gustav III of Sweden (assassinated), naval captain John Paul Jones, and civil engineer John Smeaton.
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