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  • January 20 - Daniel M'Naghten, a Scottish woodturner with paranoid delusions, shot Edward Drummond as he was walking into his family's banking house. Drummond's death and M'Naghten's subsequent trial set forth the legal precedence for the insanity plea. [1]


  • January 6 - Roswell Peter Bishop - American politician. Bishop was a member of the House of Representatives (Michigan) and a private in the Union Army during the American Civil War. He was discharged in 1862 after a wound forced the amputation of his right arm.[2]
  • December 16 - Josephine Shaw Lowell - Progressive reform leader, first female Commissioner of the New York State Board of Charities. She also worked to establish the Newark Custodial Asylum for Feeble-Minded Women (1878).[1]


  2. "Roswell Peter Bishop." Encyclopedia. 2006. Accessed on march 21, 2008.