In Charleston, South Carolina U.S. District Court Judge A.G. Magrath dissolves his federal court and resigns
The day after the election of Abraham Lincoln, the Grand Jury sitting in the U.S. District Court for South Carolina at Charleston refused to serve. The District Court Judge Andrew G. Magrath resigned immediately and dissolved the court saying that it had been closed for the last time as a United States Court and before it could be "desecrated with sacrifices to tyranny." U.S. District Attorney James Connor resigned that afternoon. (By John Osborne)
Samuel Wylie Crawford, The Genesis of the Civil War: The Story of Sumter, 1860-1861 (New York: Charles L. Webster and Company, 1887), 13.