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November 6, 1861

Jefferson Davis is Elected to a 6-Year Term
as President of the Confederate States

On this day in 1861, Jefferson Davis was elected as the first (and only) president of the Confederate States of America. This was one year to the day after Abraham Lincoln was elected as president of the United States. Unlike Lincoln, Davis did not have to face re-election during the Civil War since the war ended before his term was up.

November 6, 1860

Jefferson Davis is Elected to a 6-Year Term
as President of the Confederate States

On this day in 1860 Abraham Lincoln was elected to his first term as President of the United States.  He was the first Republican to be elected as President.

Born February 12, 1809 in a log cabin in Hardin County (now LaRue County) Kentucky, Abraham was the second of three children born to Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks. With very little formal education, Lincoln was largely self-educated and worked various jobs including store keeper, mill operator, and surveyor.

In early 1830's Lincoln began to study law on his own, was elected to the state legislature in 1834, received his law license in 1836, and then married Mary Todd on November 4, 1842.

Over the next ten years, Lincoln was elected to the U.S. Congress as a Whig candidate and became nationally known for his antislavery stance. On June 16, 1858, Lincoln received the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate and delivered his well known "House Divided" speech. He lost the election to incumbent Stephen Douglas but in May of 1860 he was nominated by the Republican party for President of the United States. Lincoln had no plans to outlaw slavery in the South, however, when he won the election on November 6, many of the southern states realized that the tide was beginning to turn in favor of the North. South Carolina became the first to secede from the Union shortly after the election.

Although Lincoln was against slavery, his number one priority was preserving the Union which inevitably lead to the Civil War.