1832 was 39 years before the founding of the City of Birmingham and the 13th year of Alabama statehood.
- January 13: The town of Columbia was renamed Columbiana by the state legislature.
- January 21: Centreville was incorporated.
- March: Elyton Baptist Church was organized.
- March 24: The Treaty of Cusseta was signed, ceding all remaining Creek claims in East Alabama to the United States.
- The town of Rockville was formed.
- August 11: Moses Kelley succeeded William A. Scott as Jefferson County Sheriff.
- Vincent Loveless became the first settler in the area of what is now Lipscomb.
- Elisha Peck moved to Tuscaloosa.
- John D. Phelan was admitted to the bar.
- June 17: Andrew Tarrant, farmer and tax assessor
- Enoch Ensley, industrialist and founder of Ensley
- Wallace McElwain, iron-maker
- Conrad, Timothy A. (1832) Fossil Shells of the Tertiary Formations of North Alabama. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
In 1832, the Black Hawk War was fought. Andrew Jackson was re-elected president.
Notable births in 1832 included artist Gustave Doré, author Horatio Alger Jr., artist Édouard Manet, author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (a.k.a. Lewis Carroll), criminal Charles Peace, inventor William Crookes, Mobile Mardi Gras founder Joe Cain, novelist Louisa May Alcott, and engineer Gustave Eiffel. Notable deaths included scholar Jean-François Champollion, composer Muzio Clementi, writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, zoologist Georges Cuvier, mathematician Évariste Galois, philosopher Jeremy Bentham, and writer Sir Walter Scott.
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