|1877||Douglass is appointed U.S. marshal of the District of Columbia by President Hayes.|
|1878||Purchases Cedar Hill, in Anacostia, Washington, D.C. The twenty-room house sits on nine acres of land. He later expands the estate by buying fifteen acres of adjoining land.|
|1881||Publishes his third and final autobiography, The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass.||
|President Garfield appoints one of his own friends to the post U.S. Marshall and makes Douglass recorder of deeds for the District of Columbia, then a high-paying job.|
|1882|| August 4|
Douglass's wife of forty-four years, Anna Murray Douglass, dies after suffering a stroke. Douglass goes into a depression.
|1883||The U.S. Supreme Court rules the Civil Rights Act of 1875 unconstitutional.|
Douglass marries Helen Pitts, a white woman who had been his secretary when he was recorder of deeds. The interracial marriage causes controversy among the Douglasses' friends, family, and the public.
|1886-87||Tours Europe and Africa with wife.|
|1889|| July 1|
Appointed U.S. minister resident and consul general, Republic of Haiti, and chargé d'affaires, Santo Domingo. Arrives in Haiti in October.
|1890||The U.S. government instructs Douglass to ask permission for the U.S. Navy to use the Haitian port town of Môle St. Nicholas as a refueling station.|
|1891||In April Haiti rejects the Navy's proposal as too intrusive. The U.S. press reports that Douglass is too sympathetic to Haitian interests. Douglass resigns as minister to Haiti in July.|
|1892-93||Douglass is commissioner in charge of the Haitian exhibit at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago.|
Speaks at a meeting of the National Council of Women in Washington, D.C. Dies suddenly that evening of heart failure while describing the meeting to his wife.