Robert Vickers was Sheriff.
Moses Scott Rice was County Surveyor.
In the “Kentucky Raid,” a group of thirteen Kentucky slave catchers kidnaps fugitive slaves from farms in Cass County, Michigan, though the fugitives are freed by a local judge. The raid is one of the incidents leading to the passage of the more stringent Fugitive Slave Act of 1850
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Frederick Douglass begins publishing his abolitionist newspaper
, the North Star
The Donner Party is trapped in the Sierra Mountains for the winter. Just over half the party survives, though some resort to cannibalism.
The first Chinese immigrants arrive in New York City, starting New York's famous Chinatown.