On this day in Alabama history: ‘Orator of Secession’ was born in Georgia

On this day in Alabama history: ‘Orator of Secession’ was born in Georgia
Hon. William L. Yancey, 1860. (Harper’s Weekly, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division)

August 10, 1814

Political leader William Lowndes Yancey was born in Georgia. Sometimes referred to as the “Orator of Secession,” Yancey moved to Alabama during the “Alabama Fever” land rush of the mid-1830s. He served two terms each in the Alabama Legislature and the U.S. Congress and quickly became one of the nation’s staunchest advocates for slavery and other Southern rights. In 1860, he helped convince Alabama and six other slave states to leave the Democratic National Convention and to call secession conventions after the election of President Abraham Lincoln. Yancey served as a diplomat and senator for the Confederate States of America until his death in 1863.

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Inauguration of Jefferson Davis as President of the Confederate States of America at Montgomery, Alabama, February 18, 1861. Lithographs based on this image were published from the 1860s onward, however, the actual photograph was first published in Dudley H. Miles’ The photographic history of the Civil War. New York: The Review of Reviews Co., 1912, v.9, p.291. (A photograph in the Digital Collection of the Boston Athenaeum, Archibald Crossland McIntyre of Montgomery, Alabama, Wikipedia)


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