- Little Turkey became Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation.
- October 12: Moses Stroup, furnace master
- Arthur Bagby, Governor of Alabama
- Richard Bass
- Lemuel McMillion, teacher, soldier, and politician
In 1794, the French Revolution continued. Eli Whitney was granted a patent for the cotton gin. The University of Tennessee was established at Knoxville.
Notable births in 1794 included Commodore Matthew C. Perry, entrepreneur Cornelius Vanderbilt, nutritionist Sylvester Graham, and poet William Cullen Bryant. Notable deaths included historian Edward Gibbon; judge Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden; and physician James Lind.
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