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Yancey, William Lowndes

Born: 1814 AD
Died: 1863 AD
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