Yancey, William Lowndes

Born: Aug 10, 1814 AD
Died: 1863 AD, at 48 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Political Leader, Politicial Adviser

1814- Born in Ogeechee Falls, Warren County, Ga.

- got into preparatory school and Williams College, Williamstown, Mass.
- studied law in Sparta, Ga.
- 1834, he got admitted to the bar and began his practice in Greenville, S.C.
- 1836, he transferred to Cahawba, Ala.
- took a break from practicing law and ventured into becoming a cotton planter then editor of the Cahawba Democrat and the Cahawba Gazette
1839, he moved to Wetumpka, Alabama and continued his practice

1841 - became a member of the State house of representatives

1843 - emerged to becoming a senator
- he was the Democrat to the Twenty-eighth Congress filling in the slot after the resignation of Dixon H. Lewis

- Democrat to the Twenty-ninth Congress

1846 - resigned and transferred to Montgomery, Alabama

- between these years, he argued that the South could find security only outside the Union

1848, 1856, 1860
- represented the state to the Democratic National Convention

- leader of the so-called "Fire-Eaters—extreme southern politician," advocates of secession in the 1850s

- headed the unsuccessful mission to Europe to gain diplomatic recognition for the new nation

- elected to the Confederate senate

- died in Alabama at his plantation home
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