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The Territory of Alabama[n] was an organized incorporated territory of the United
States that existed from August 15, 1817, until December 14,
1819, when it was admitted to the Union as the State of
Although the Alabama Territory was designated by an Act of
Congress on 3 March 1817, it did not become effective until 5
months later on 15 August 1817.
The delay was due to a provision in the Congressional Act which
stated that the Act would take effect only if and when Mississippi
formed a State Constitution. That event took place on 15 August
with Mississippi Territory becoming
the State of Mississippi on December 10,
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, two years and four months after the
Alabama Territory was created, Alabama was admitted to the union as the 22nd
with William Wyatt Bibb also becoming the
first state governor (1819-1820).
[n] - Name "Territory of Alabama" was
often used in the time period, rather than "Alabama Territory".
- ^ a
"An 1820 Claim to Congress: Alabama Territory : 1817", The
Intruders, TNGenNet Inc., 2001, quick webpage: TN-537.
- ^ a
"Timeline 1811-1820" (events +sources), Algis Ratnikas, Timelines
of History, 2007, webpage: TL-Miss.
- ^ a
"Statehood Dates", 50states.com, 1998/2009, webpage: 50s-statehood.
- "An 1820 Claim to Congress: Alabama Territory : 1817",
The Intruders, TNGenNet Inc., 2001, webpage: TN-537.
Coordinates: 32°39′28.35″N 86°47′31.17″W / 32.657875°N