U.S. Patent Office grants a patent on a motorcar to George Selden; it covers the principal features of the gasoline-powered automobile.
Duryea Motor Wagon Company is the first American firm established to build gasoline automobiles.N/li>
The first four-wheel Riker Electric is built, but no vehicles are sold until 1897.
Two automotive trade journals debut: The Horseless Age and The Motocycle. Horseless Age magazine estimated that 300 Americans has attempted to build a motorized carriage. Like Daimler and Benz, nearly all worked alone, unaware of other's efforts.
Youngstown, Ohio Doctor Carlos G. Booth became the first physician in America to make house calls in an automobile.
Hiram Percy Maxim opens a motor carriage department for Pope Manufacturing Company, a Connecticut bicycle maker.
If any one event paved the way for gasoline power, it was Chicago's Times-Herald race, held in November, 1895. The grueling contest, held in the snow, was won by a two-cylinder Duryea.