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December 9, 1814 The Senate passes a bill for the creation of the Second Bank of the United States. It is defeated in the House by a single vote
December 9, 1857 Breaking with the Democrats, Stephen Douglas announces he is against the Lecompton Constitution
Stephen A. Douglas
December 9, 1861 Clement Vallandigham sends a resolution to Abraham Lincoln, asking for "all proclamations, or orders... relating to the pending contest"
December 9, 1863 December 14, 1863 Battle of Bean's Station
Federal forces probe Longstreet's lines near his winter camp. After several days of heavy skirmishing, Longstreet struck the Union line on Dec. 14, driving Brigadier General James Shackleford back about 1.5 miles before he made a stand. Union forces withdrew that evening.
Siege of Knoxville
December 9, 1863 Ambrose Burnside is relieved of command (Department of the Ohio).
December 9, 1863 Unhappy with proposals from the mint director, Salmon Chase recommends the words "In God We Trust" be added to the design of the new one, two and three-penny coins.
In God We Trust
December 9, 1875 Secretary of the Treasury Benhamin H. Bristow breaks the Whiskey Ring. Businessmen and IRS officials used whiskey tax in Grant's reelection campaign.
Ulysses S. Grant Ongoing on this day: