This Week in Political History: April 16-22

This week in political history, slavery was abolished in DC, Virginia seceded from the Union and more. And in more 2016 presidential primary election flashbacks, Hillary Clinton won yet another state. Read on for more…

April 16:
1862: Slavery abolished in District of Columbia.

April 17:
1741: Declaration of Independence signer Samuel Chase is born.
1861: Virginia secedes from the Union.

April 19:
1721: Declaration of Independence signer Roger Sherman is born.
1832: First Lady Lucretia Rudolph, wife of President Garfield, is born.
1939: Connecticut approves the Bill of Rights.
2016: Hillary Clinton (D) wins the New York Primary.
2016: Donald Trump (R) wins the New York Primary.

April 20:
1861: Robert E. Lee resigns from the U.S. Army.

April 21:
1862: Congress forms the U.S. Mint.

April 22:
1861: Robert E. Lee becomes commander of the Virginia forces.

If there are any moments in political history that you think we should mention in a future article, let us know!

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