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May 21, 1787 Delegates from 7 states arrive in Philadelphia. Work on the Constitution begins
May 21, 1832 Democratic-Republicans hold a convention in Baltimore, nominating Andrew Jackson for President and Martin Van Buren for Vice-President. Maryland
  Election of 1832
  Andrew Jackson
  Martin Van Buren
  Democratic Party
May 21, 1838 Congress rescinds the Specie Circular
  Specie Circular
May 21, 1856 Samuel Jones, a pro-slavery sheriff leads a band of border ruffians on a raid against Lawrence, Kansas Kansas
  Bleeding Kansas
May 21, 1861 Missouri declares its neutrality in the Civil War Missouri
  Confederate Order of Secession
May 21, 1861 Confederate Congress votes to move its capital from Montgomery to Richmond Alabama
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  Richmond, Virginia
May 21, 1861 Sterling Price signs an agreement with William Harney, essentially handing Missouri over to federal forces. Missouri
  Sterling Price

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Republican Convention nominates Ulysses S. Grant to run for President of the United States and Schuyler Colfax as Vice-president
  Election of 1868
  Ulysses S. Grant
  Republican Party
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Sheridan's Raid on Richmond Virginia
  Sheridans Raid on Richmond
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Democrats hold their Presidential nominating convention in Baltimore more than a year before the election Maryland
  Election of 1836
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