- Pathkiller accepted the role of Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation.
- January 17: George Houston, Congressman and Governor of Alabama
- February 23: William Walker Sr, pioneer farmer & merchant
- Rueben Popwell
In 1811, Paraguay and Venezuela declared independence from Spain. Italian scientist Amedeo Avogadro published his memoire about the molecular content of gases. American troops led by William Henry Harrison defeated the Native American chief Tecumseh at the Battle of Tippecanoe. The first of the major New Madrid earthquakes took place.
Notable births in 1811 included chemist Robert Bunsen, author Harriet Beecher Stowe, and composer Franz Liszt.
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