The southern portions of what would become Mississippi and Alabama are organized as the Mississippi Territory.
- January 29: Basil Manly, president of the University of Alabama
- May 1: Daniel Davis, physician and settler
- Polly Moore
In 1798, the French Revolution continued. Two coup d'états were staged in the Batavian Republic (Netherlands). The Alien and Sedition Acts became law. Lyrical Ballads was published anonymously by Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth.
Notable births in 1798 included philosopher Auguste Comte, artist Eugène Delacroix, and writer Giacomo Leopardi. Notable deaths included adventurer Giacomo Casanova, architect Thomas Sandby, Supreme Court Justice James Wilson, and physicist Luigi Galvani.
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