Secretary of State Lewis Cass resigns over the non-reinforcement of federal forts in South Carolina
Seventy-eight year old Secretary of State Lewis Cass had tendered some days before a written recommendation to the Cabinet that the federal installations around Charleston be safeguarded and reinforced. When President Buchanan took no action, Cass set in motion his resignation which became effective on December 14, 1860. Jeremiah Black, the sitting Attorney-General, immediately replaced him. (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), 44.