Today in History: Abraham Lincoln Is Elected President

| November 6, 2018

For president, Abram Lincoln. For vice president, Hannibal HamlinAlthough he received only 40% of the popular vote,  Abraham Lincoln was elected 16th President of the United States on November 6th, 1860. The Democratic Party was heavily divided at the time, and Lincoln became the first Republican to win the office. The presidential race of 1860 included candidates John Breckinridge, a Southern Democrat; John Bell, Constitutional Union; and Stephen Douglas, Northern Democratic and Illinois senator. His victory led to secession by the South and then the Civil War, 1861-1865) which centered on the controversy over states’ rights to uphold slavery.

Consistently ranked in history as one of the top three presidents, if not the best one, Abraham Lincoln, a Kentucky-born advocate for the common man, championed human liberty and decades later earned a memorial in the National Mall, with a statue designed by Daniel Chester French facing the Washington Monument.

While many believe that “they don’t make them like they used to” — for it is indeed hard to follow in the impressive footsteps of Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt — we can draw from the lessons of history as we recognize the importance of today’s midterm elections and our civic duty to vote. Let your voice count on November 6th, 2018 and go to your local polling station to cast your ballot!

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