1782 (March 18) Born at Abbeville District, South Carolina, son of Patrick and Martha Calhoun
1800-02 At school at Moses Waddell’s "log college."
1804 (September 12) Graduates from Yale.
1805-06 At Tapping Reeves’s Law school, Litchfield, Connecticut.
1807 Begins the practice of law in Abbeville, South Carolina.
(October) Elected to the South Carolina General Assembly where he serves two years.
1810 (October) Elected to the first of three terms in the United States House of Representatives, Twelfth Congress.
1811 (January 8) Marries his cousin, Floride Bonneau Calhoun.
1811 (November 4) Starts his congressional career.
(December 12) First speech on war resolutions.
1812 (June 3) Introduces bill for war against Great Britain.
1812-17 As Representative, Calhoun supports incorporation of the Second National Bank, a protective tariff, and governmental expenditures for internal improvements.
1817 (October 8) Becomes Secretary of War in the administration of President James Monroe.
1819 (January 14) Reports on development of roads and canals.
1821 Announces his candidacy for the Presidency of the United States.
1824 (December 3) Second report on the development of roads and canals.
Elected Vice-President of the United States, under John Q. Adams.
1825 Makes Fort Hill plantation, Pendleton, South Carolina, his permanent residence.
(March 4) Sworn in as Vice-President.
1827 Defeats the Woolens Bill for raising the tariff be breaking a tie vote in the Senate.
1828 Anonymously writes "The South Carolina Exposition and Protest," which is adopted, with modification, in December by the South Carolina Legislature.
(November) Elected Vice-President of the United States, under Andrew Jackson.
1831 William Lloyd Garrison issues The Liberator.
The Nat Turner rebellion breaks out in Virginia.
1831-32 Break with President Andrew Jackson.
1831 (July 26) Letter to the people of South Carolina.
1832 (July 16) Resigns from the Vice-Presidency.
(August 28) Letter to Governor Hamilton.
(December 12) Elected to the United States Senate by the South Carolina Legislature.
1833 (February) Defends nullification and debates with Webster in the United States Senate.
Joins with Henry Clay in support of a compromise tariff bill.
1834 Battles Andrew Jackson’s national bank policies.
1836 (March 9) Speech on Abolition Petitions.
1837 Defends slavery as a "positive good."
Supports the Van Buren independent treasury program.
1838 (March 10) Reply to Henry Clay.
1841 Leads the battle against the Whig program in Congress and seeks the Democratic presidential nomination.
1843 Retires from the Senate to seek the Presidency and starts work on his two books, A Disquisition on Government and A discourse on the Constitution of the United States.
1844 (January 20th) Withdraws from consideration as a presidential candidate. (March 6th) Becomes Secretary of State under President John Tyler.
Negotiates Texas annexation treaty which fails in the Senate.
Draws up joint resolution for annexation which passes the two houses of Congress.
1845 (November 26) Reelected to the United States Senate.
Presides over Memphis Railroad Convention.
1846 (March 16) Speech on the Oregon question.
Opposes going to war with Mexico.
1847 (February 9) Speech on the Three Million Bill.
(February 19) Speech on the resolutions regarding the Wilmot Proviso.
Calls for Southern unity.
(March 9) Speech to the citizens of Charleston.
1848 (January 4) Speech on his resolutions on the war with Mexico. (June 27) Speech demanding that Oregon Territory be open slavery.
1849 Strives to rally the Southern congressmen to a united stand and almost completes his two books, the Disquisition and Discourse.
1850 (March 4) Last speech read to the Senate by Senator James Mason of Virginia.
(March 14) Last remarks in the Senate.
(March 31) Dies in Washington.
1957 Named one of the five great Senators of all time by vote of the United States Senate.
Coit, Margaret. John C. Calhoun. Englewood Cliffs:       Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1970.