Have you ever wondered what George Washington, the first President of America and Oprah Winfrey, the first African-American woman to own her own television production company have in common? They both were the famous firsts in American history. Read the following Historyplex article to know some more famous firsts.
|❝There are 86400 seconds in a day. 86400 moments to create firsts.❞
― David Cuschieri
Time and history have borne witness to remarkable incidences, and the most amazing people who have not only stepped out of the ordinary, but have opened doors and paved way for many more who dared to follow them. You can even say that these brave individuals set a new trend.
Some of these people have shown immense courage and attempted to do something that not only got them fame and success but also inspired the future generations of this country.
These extraordinary people dared to step out of the ordinary and become a first. And this Historyplex post lists out some famous firsts in American history.
Important Firsts in American History
First child born in the American colonies
First published American woman writer
Ann Smith Franklin
First woman newspaper editor
First Chief Justice of the United States
First Speaker of the House of Representatives
First Attorney General.
First and only President to be elected with a unanimous vote
First Secretary of the Navy
First President to be inaugurated in Washington D.C.
Founded the first women’s college in the U.S.
William Henry Harrison
First President to die in office.
First woman to receive medical degree in U.S.
Antoinette Brown Blackwell
First American woman ordained a minister
First African-American to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor
First and only woman to receive the Medal of Honor
David Glasgow Farragut
First admiral, rear admiral, and vice admiral in the U.S. Navy
Lucy Hobbs Taylor
First woman to become a certified dentist
Ebenezer D. Bassett
First African-American diplomat
First woman lawyer
First African-American elected to U.S. House of Representatives
First African-American Senator
First woman to run for President of the U.S.
First President to be born on U.S. soil
Belva Ann Bennett Lockwood
First female lawyer to plead a case before the U.S. Supreme Court.
First African-American female nurse
Moses Fleetwood Walker
First African-American major league baseball player
Susanna M. Salter
First woman elected as mayor
Louise Blanchard Bethune
First American woman architect
Louis Henry Sullivan
First American architect to build a skyscraper
First female lawyer in the U.S.
May Sutton Brandy
First American woman to win at Wimbledon
First policewoman in the U.S.
First woman to fly across the English Channel
Louis D. Brandeis
First Jewish member of the U.S. Supreme Court
First woman elected to U.S. Congress
First African-American woman to win a major sports title in the U.S.
First African-American female pilot.
First Miss America.
Clifton Reginald Wharton, Sr.
First African-American diplomat to become an ambassador
First American woman to swim the English Channel.
First to star in the first talking picture, The Jazz Singer
First winner of the Academy Award for Best Actress.
First female flight attendant.
First American recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature
First American woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
First woman United States Senator
First woman to fly transatlantic solo
First woman to be included in the U.S. Presidential Cabinet.
Lettie Pate Whitehead
First American woman to be on Coca-Cola’s board of directors.
Wallis Warfield Simpson
Was the first Woman of the Year in the Time magazine.
First African-American to win an Academy Award, and to be honored with a U.S. postage stamp
First African-American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize
First woman to have swum across the English Channel in each direction.
First woman to have flown a bomber across the Atlantic
First American female skater to win an Winter Olympics gold medal
First African-American to perform at the Metropolitan Opera
First African-American to win a Wimbledon singles title
First African-American hockey player in the NHL
Ruth Carol Taylor
First African-American woman to become a flight attendant
Clifton R Wharton, Jr.
First African-American US foreign minister
Hiram L. Fong
First Chinese-American in the U.S. Senate
Daniel K. Inouye
First Japanese-American in the U.S. House of Representatives
First African-American performer to win an Emmy Award
Roy Claxton Acuff
First living inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame
First U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth
First woman to fly solo around the world
First African-American to win an Academy Award for Best Actor
Patricia R Harris
First African-American woman to serve in the U.S. Cabinet
Robert C. Weaver
First African-American to hold a cabinet-level position in the U.S.
First African-American to become a Supreme Court judge
First woman to own a seat on the New York Stock Exchange
First African-American to be elected mayor of a major city
First African-American woman elected to the House of Representatives
First man to walk on the moon
Elizabeth P. Hoisington
First female brigadier general in the armed forces
Bella Savitsky Abzug
First Jewish woman in Congress
First female umpire in professional baseball
First female chair of the Democratic National Committee
Richard Milhous Nixon
First and the only U.S. President to resign from office
First host of Saturday Night Live
First woman governor
First female conductor at the Metropolitan Opera
First woman to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute
First woman to qualify and race at the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500
First acknowledged homosexual elected to high local office
Sandra Day O’Connor
First woman to be appointed to the Supreme Court
Guion Stewart Bluford, Jr.
First African-American in space
First female U.S. Secretary of a branch of the U.S. Military
Sally Kristen Ride
First woman in space
First African-American Miss America
First women’s Olympic marathon champion
First female Vice Presidential candidate
First American woman to walk in space
First woman police chief of a major city
First African-American woman to own her own television production company
First woman to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Gertrude Belle Elion
First woman to be inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
First woman film director whose film earned more than USD 100 million at the box office
First woman to be named Surgeon General of the U.S.
Mae Carol Jemison
First African-American woman in space
First female poet to read a poem at the Presidential inauguration
Carol Elizabeth Moseley-Braun
First African-American U.S. Senator for the Democratic Party
First woman to serve as Attorney General.
First female Secretary of the Air Force.
First woman Secretary of State of the United States
First female US Army three-star general
First woman appointed Commissioner of the USFDA
First woman astronaut to command a space shuttle mission
Hillary Rodham Clinton
First former first-lady ever elected to national office
First African-American Secretary of State
First African-American woman to win an Oscar for Best Actress
First African-American woman to win a gold at the Winter Olympics
First and openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church in U.S.
First female African-American Secretary of State.
First African-American coach to win the Super Bowl
First Muslim member of the U.S. Congress
Drew Gilpin Faust
First woman president of Harvard University
First woman four-star general in the United States military.
First Republican woman to be nominated for Vice President
Barack Hussein Obama Jr.
First African-American U.S. President
First African-American U.S. First Lady
These phenomenal people have shown us that if you have a clear wish and some courage in your heart, there is nothing that can hold you back from being the next archetype at whatever you are good at.