On this day in Alabama history: First Alabama general election began

On this day in Alabama history: First Alabama general election began
An artist's rendering of the first Alabama state capitol building in Cahaba, Dallas County. Cahaba was established as the first permanent capital of the state in 1820. It remained so until 1826, when the capital was moved to Tuscaloosa. (From Encyclopedia of Alabama, Courtesy of Alabama Department of Archives and History)

September 20, 1819

The first Alabama general election began. As specified by the state’s Constitution of 1819 adopted one month earlier, the general election lasted two days and resulted in the election of William Wyatt Bibb as the first governor. Already the governor of the Alabama Territory, Bibb narrowly defeated Marmaduke Williams of Tuscaloosa by a vote of 8,342 to 7,140. The election also resulted in the selection of the first state legislators, including 45 representatives and 22 senators, and first court clerks, sheriffs and U.S. congressmen. Alabama, however, did not officially become a state until Dec. 14, 1819, when President James Monroe signed a law admitting it into the Union.

Read more at Encyclopedia of Alabama.

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