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December 6, 1839
Whigs hold their national convention in Harrisburg and nominate William Henry Harrison of Ohio for President with 148 votes. Henry Clay received 90 and Winfield Scott had 16. John Tyler was unanimously selected as Harrison's Vice-President Pennsylvania
  Henry Clay
  Winfield Scott
  John Tyler
  William Henry Harrison
December 4, 1860 Outgoing President James Buchanan sends a distressed State of the Union message to Congress. In it he states that secession is unconstitutional, says the federal government lacks the authority to prevent it and calls for a constitutional amendment allowing Southern states to retain slaves as property.
  James Buchanan
December 4, 1864 Battle of Waynesborough Georgia
  March to the Sea
December 4, 1865 President Andrew Johnson appoints the Joint Committee on Reconstruction to determine which Southern states are entitled to representation in Congress
  Andrew Johnson

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