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In Alabama, a Montgomery meeting nominates William Yancey and Thomas Watts for the secession convention

Alabama, 1857, zoomable map
11/17/1860
A large and enthusiastic morning meeting took place in Montgomery, Alabama at the Capitol to nominate delegates to the state's Secession Convention.  Nominated by acclamation were secessionist leader William Lowndes Yancey and the head of the Constitutional Union Party in Alabama, Thomas Hill Watts.  The election of delegates took place on December 24, 1860 and the secession ticket won by 50,000 votes. The one hundred delegates convened on January 7, 1861 and four days later voted 61-39 to take Alabama out of the Union.  (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
"Alabama - Secession Meeting at Montgomery," New York Times, November 19, 1860, p.1. 

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