December 14 is the anniversary of Alabama becoming the 22nd state. The transition from territory to statehood
started in July 1819 with a constitutional convention held in Huntsville
. The Alabama territory was granted statehood on December 14, 1819, and the territorial governor, William Wyatt Bibb
, became Alabama's first governor. The first capital of the new state was established in the town of Cahawba
in Dallas County
, where the Cahaba River
flows into the Alabama River.