Dr. David Ramsay published his two-volume History of the Revolution of South Carolina. In an attempt to gain maximum profits, he paid for the printing himself – 3200 copies printed by Issac Collins of Trenton, New Jersey. It was also the first book to receive a copyright in the United States.
James Madison defeated the Federalist candidate Charles Cotesworth Pinckney for the Presidency of the United States. Madison received 122 electoral votes to Pinckney’s forty-seven. Once again, Pinckney did not carry his home state of South Carolina.