ON THIS DAY IN UNITED STATES HISTORY
February 9, 1861
Jefferson Davis is Elected Provisional President
of the Confederate States of America
by the Confederate Convention
On this day in 1861, in Montgomery, Alabama, a constitutional convention elected Jefferson Davis Provisional
President of the Confederate States of America. He was inaugurated on February 18. Ironically, Davis had initially
argued against secession for his own state of Mississippi but he also believed it was the right of each state to
secede so he eventually decided to give in and side with the majority.
February 9, 1825
John Quincy Adams is Elected President
of the United States by the U.S.
House of Representatives
On this day in 1825, John Quincy Adams was elected President of the United States by the United States House of
Representatives under the terms of the Twelfth Amendment. The Twelfth Amendment gives the House of Representatives
the power to elect a president when the electoral vote fails to produce an absolute majority.