Jefferson Davis of Mississippi resigns from the United States Senate
Senator Jefferson Davis of Mississippi gave a final speech in the U.S. Senate explaining Mississippi's reasons for seceding from the Union almost two weeks before and then himself resigned his seat. On February 18, 1861, he was inaugurated as the President of the Confederate States of America. (By John Osborne)
Frank Moore, The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives, Illustrative Incidents, Poetry, Etc. (New York: G.P.Putnam, 1861), I: 59.