- January 9: The Alabama Legislature repealed all state taxes, planning to derive revenues from state-owned banks.
- A portion of St Clair County was separated to establish Cherokee and DeKalb Counties.
- The Griffin family donated land for Cedar Grove Cemetery (Shelby County).
- Bromberg's was founded in Mobile.
- E. H. Hudson succeeded Henry Titter as Walker County Sheriff
- John D. Phelan served as the Alabama attorney general.
- James Powell settled in Wetumpka.
- John D. Phelan married the former Mary Ann Harris.
In 1836, the Second Seminole War continued. Texas declared its independence from Mexico. Samuel Colt received a patent for the Colt revolver. Arkansas was admitted as a state. Houston, Texas was founded. Charles Darwin completed his historic journey aboard the HMS Beagle. Martin Van Buren defeated William Henry Harrison in the presidential election.
Notable births in 1836 included painter Winslow Homer, cook Isabella Beeton, financier Jay Gould, printmaker Jules Chéret, author Fitz Hugh Ludlow, inventor Thomas Crapper, and playwright W. S. Gilbert. Notable deaths included upholsterer Betsy Ross, Seneca chief Cornplanter, frontiersman Davy Crockett, Texan revolutionary James Bowie (the last two at the Battle of the Alamo), mathematician Nathaniel Bowditch, physicist André-Marie Ampère, former president James Madison, and King Charles X of France.
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