Lincoln for President: An Underdog's Path to the 1860 Republican Nomination

Lincoln for President: An Underdog's Path to the 1860 Republican Nomination

by Timothy S. Good

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Overview

Lincoln for President: An Underdog's Path to the 1860 Republican Nomination by Timothy S. Good

This is a narrative of Abraham Lincoln’s bid for the White House from 1858 through 1860. Lincoln seemed like a long shot from the beginning—a one term congressmen, he’d never served as a judge or governor or in any statewide office, and he had lost two campaigns for the U.S. Senate. How, then, did he overtake several seemingly better-qualified candidates to ultimately defeat William Seward for his young party’s nomination? This work offers a day-by-day account that demonstrates how Lincoln’s character, and his upholding of the Declaration of Independence’s bold statement of human equality, helped him triumph. Those traits, it is argued, were far more important than any political machinations or backroom deals at the convention.
This book is a sequel to The Lincoln-Douglas Debates and the Making of a President by the same author (McFarland, 2007).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786439577
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 01/27/2009
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Timothy S. Good is a National Park Service employee who lives in Arnold, Missouri. His research interests lie in the history of the Lincoln presidency and in American maritime history.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Acknowledgments vi

Preface 1



1. Before ’59 5

2. Seward’s “Irrepressible Conflict”

October 25, 1858 15

3. Defining a Lincoln Republican Party

November 1858–August 1859 24

4. Douglas Assails the Republicans in Ohio

September 1859 38

5. Lincoln Assails Douglas in Ohio and Indiana

September 1859 50

6. Lincoln Invades Seward Country: The Cooper

Union Address in New York

September 1859–February 1860 62

7. The True Lincoln: In New England

February 1860–March 1860 77

8. Preparing for the Convention

April–May 1860 86

9. Convention Week Begins

Saturday–Tuesday, May 12–May 15, 1860 93

10. The First Day

Wednesday, May 16 101

11. The Second Day

Thursday, May 17 109

12. From Dusk to Dawn

May 17–18, 1860 122

13. The Third Day

Friday, May 18, 1860 129

14. Aftershock 140



Epilogue 156

Appendix A: After the Convention 157

Appendix B: Is He One of Us? 159

Notes 161

Bibliography 175

Index 181

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