Archive - May 2014

Inauguration, Policy and Cabinet

Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated as the 16th President of the United States on March 4, 1861. He was the first president to be born west of the Appalachian Mountains and was 51 years old.

Presidential Elections

Lincoln and Hamlin won 180 Electoral College votes. Republicans won in all free states except for New Jersey.

Presidential Candidate

Lincoln made his official announcement at the Illinois Republican Nominating Convention that took place in Decatur on May 9-10.

Lincoln’s View on Slavery

His position on social and political equality of blacks and whites would evolve over the years taking a turning point during his two terms as president.

Lincoln and Douglas race to the Senate

Throughout the debates Lincoln charged Douglas as part of a plan to make slavery a national institution. Douglas’ main subject was the protection of the right of Americans to choose and determine their own government and institutions, the right of...

The Republican Party and the 1856 Elections

The new Republican Party A year after the Kansas-Nebraska Act the Whig party had almost disappeared. With no clear distinction between the major political parties many members of the Whigs began to look for other associations more compatible with...

US Congressman Lincoln

In 1846, as he gathered support and popularity within his party, Lincoln was nominated as a Whig candidate for congress. The election took place on August 3rd; he ran against Democrat Peter Cartwright and won. He was the only Whig congressman...