Calhoun Resigns as VP – Today In Southern History

28 December 1832 

On this date in 1832…

John C. Calhoun became the first vice-president in U.S. history to resign from office when a still higher tariff replaced the Tariff of Abominations of 1828.  He returned to South Carolina, had a state convention called, and directed the passage of the famous South Carolina Ordinance of Nullification.


Other Years:

  • 1791 – A Cherokee delegation including Chief Bloody Fellow arrived in Philadelphia to meet with President George Washington. The meeting was delayed by Secretary of War Knox until the Cherokee had been outfitted in “more proper” clothing.
  • 1835 – Seminoles ambushed the Dade Party, 110 men under the command of Major Francis L. Dade who were sent from Fort Brooke to reinforce Fort King, Florida. Only two soldiers made it back to Fort Brooke, and one of those died of his wounds a few days later.  The Dade Massacre began the Second Seminole War.
  • 1948 – DC-3 airliner NC16002 disappearsed 50 miles south of Miami, Florida.
  • 1981 – Elizabeth Jordan Carr, the first American test-tube baby, was born in Norfolk, Virginia.
  • 1987 – In Arkansas, R Gene Simmons killed 2, later the bodies of 14 of his relatives were found at his home near Dover.

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