Alabama Territory

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Territory of Alabama
Organized incorporated territory of the United States

1817–1819

Flag of Alabama Territory

Flag

Location of Alabama Territory
Capital St. Stephens
Government Organized incorporated territory
Governor
 •  1817-1819 William Wyatt Bibb
History
 •  Established December 10, 1817 [1] 1817
 •  Statehood December 14, 1819 [1] 1819

The Territory of Alabama (sometimes Alabama Territory) was an organized incorporated territory of the United States. The Alabama Territory was carved from the Mississippi Territory on August 15, 1817; lasting until December 14, 1819, when it was admitted to the Union as the twenty-second state.

History

The Alabama Territory [n] was designated by two interdependent Acts of Congress on March 1 and 3, 1817, [2] [3] but it did not become effective until October 10, 1817. [1] [4] [5] The delay was due to a provision in the Congressional Act which stated that the act would only take effect if and when the western part of the Mississippi Territory were to form a state constitution and government on the road to statehood. A state constitution for Mississippi was adopted on August 15, 1817, elections were held in Sept., and the first legislative session convened in Oct., [1] with the western part of the Mississippi Territory becoming the State of Mississippi on December 10, 1817. [6]

Location

Located in the central area of the Alabama Territory, St. Stephens, on the Tombigbee River, was the only territorial capital. William Wyatt Bibb was the only territorial governor.

On December 14, 1819, Alabama was admitted to the union as the 22nd U.S. state, [4] [7] with Bibb becoming the first state governor (1819–1820).

Territorial evolution of Alabama


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