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January 29, 1850 Aging politician Henry Clay proposes a series of laws that would later be known as the Compromise of 1850
  Compromise of 1850
  Henry Clay
February 16, 1850 John C. Calhoun writes privately that the South "cannot with safety remain in the Union."
  John C. Calhoun
March 4, 1850 Too ill to deliver his prepared text to the Senate against Clay's plan, John C. Calhoun listens as Virginia Senator James M. Mason reads the text for him. South Carolina
  Speech by John C. Calhoun, March 4, 1850
  Compromise of 1850
  John C. Calhoun
  Henry Clay
March 7, 1850 Daniel Webster rises in the Senate and supports Clay's Compromise of 1850. John C. Calhoun is listening.
  Compromise of 1850
  John C. Calhoun
  Henry Clay
March 25, 1850 The original bills of the Compromise of 1850 are completed. They were written individually by Stephen Douglas
  Compromise of 1850
  Stephen A. Douglas
March 31, 1850 John C. Calhoun dies, Washington, D.C.
  John C. Calhoun
April 17, 1850 Committee of Thirteen agree on the the border of Texas as part of the Compromise of 1850. It will later be revised Texas
  Compromise of 1850
April 17, 1850 During the debate over the Compromise of 1850 in the U. S. Senate, Vice-president Millard Fillmore called Thomas Hart Benton out of order. The exchange became so heated that Benton was nearly shot by Compromise floor leader Henry Foote of Mississippi
  Compromise of 1850
  Millard Fillmore
May 12, 1850 Fugitive slave Shadrach Minkins arrives in Boston Massachusetts
June 3, 1850
June 12, 1850
Nashville Convention - 9 slave states hold a convention to determine their best course of action if the Compromise of 1850 passes. Louisiana
Arkansas
North Carolina
Florida
Texas
South Carolina
Mississippi
Georgia
Alabama
  Compromise of 1850
  Nashville Convention of 1850 [Resolutions]
  Nashville Convention of 1850
  Robert Barnwell Rhett
July 4, 1850 Following an Independence Day celebration centered around the as yet unfinished Washington Monumnent, Zachary Taylor becomes sick.
  Zachary Taylor
July 9, 1850 President Taylor dies of gastroenteritis. Millard Fillmore becomes President
  Compromise of 1850
  Millard Fillmore
  Zachary Taylor
July 10, 1850 Whig Millard Fillmore is inaugurated President of the United States
  Millard Fillmore
July 30, 1850 Henry Clay's Omnibus Bill (the original Compromise of 1850 legislation) is defeated
  Henry Clay
  Compromise of 1850
August 5, 1850 James Pearce Plan for the Compromise of 1850 is proposed. Under this plan Texas retains more land and receives $10 million for the land it gives up. It is this plan that is finally adopted in the Compromise Texas
  Compromise of 1850
August 6, 1850 Millard Fillmore, in a message to Congress, urges the payment of Texas for abandoning her claims to a portion of New Mexico.
  Compromise of 1850
  Millard Fillmore
August 21, 1850 The short-lived Southern National party is formed in Macon, Georgia, by Barnwell Rhett, William Lowndes Yancy and others. Georgia
  Robert Barnwell Rhett
September 9, 1850 James Pierce's plan is accepted, making it a fundimental piece of the Compromise of 1850
  Compromise of 1850
September 9, 1850 California is admitted to the United States. For the first time the number of free states (16) exceeds the number of slave states (15) California
  Compromise of 1850
September 18, 1850 Fugitive Slave Act is passed by Congress
  Compromise of 1850
September 19, 1850 Millard Fillmore signs the last of the Acts approved by Congress that comprise the Compromise of 1850
  Compromise of 1850
  Causes of the Civil War
  Millard Fillmore
November 10, 1850 Second Nashville Convention
December 10, 1850 Delegates to a convention in Milledgeville issue the "Georgia Platform" Georgia
  Georgia Platform
  Georgia Convention of 1850

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