President Thomas Jefferson's nomination of William C.C. Claiborne to be the Governor of the Territory of Orleans, November 30, 1804
On March 26, 1804 Congress passed legislation that divided the Louisiana Purchase Territory into the Territory of Orleans (much of present-day Louisiana) and the District of Louisiana (the remaining Louisiana Purchase land). President Thomas Jefferson nominated, and the Senate confirmed, William C.C. Claiborne to be the Governor of the Territory of Orleans. Claiborne eventually became the first Governor of the state of Louisiana.