Abraham Lincoln’s Election

One of the most well-known photographs of Abraham Lincoln.

One of the most well-known photographs of Abraham Lincoln.

Maddy Taylor, Staff Reporter

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On November sixth 1860, Abraham Lincoln became the first Republican to ever win the presidency. Lincoln started as a lawyer in Kentucky, but went on to win 40 percent of the popular vote in the presidential election that year. His campaign originated around ending the spread of slavery in America, whereas his competitor, Stephen Douglas argued that states should have the right to decide whether or not they have slavery present in their state. While Lincoln may have lost the Senate race, his campaign drew attention to the Republican party (now Democratic), which is how he won the popular vote and became president. One month after his inauguration the Civil War broke out leaving the country to become split, leaving Lincoln to hold down his side of the country. In 1863, three years after he won the election, Lincoln emancipated the slaves and went on to win reelection in 1864. Lincoln has been called one of America’s greatest presidents for being able to hold down this country in the midst of a war with itself and put an official end to slavery in America.