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  • Bloomington, Illinois, U.S.
    Friday May 30, 1856

    Abraham Lincoln

    Bloomington Convention

    Bloomington, Illinois, U.S.
    Friday May 30, 1856

    As the 1856 elections approached, Lincoln joined the Republicans and attended the Bloomington Convention, which formally established the Illinois Republican Party. The convention platform endorsed Congress's right to regulate slavery in the territories and backed the admission of Kansas as a free state.




  • Bloomington, Illinois, U.S.
    Friday May 30, 1856

    Abraham Lincoln

    Lincoln's Lost Speech

    Bloomington, Illinois, U.S.
    Friday May 30, 1856

    Lincoln gave the final speech of the convention supporting the party platform and called for the preservation of the Union.




  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
    Wednesday Jun 18, 1856

    Abraham Lincoln

    June 1856 Republican National Convention

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
    Wednesday Jun 18, 1856

    At the June 1856 Republican National Convention, though Lincoln received support to run as vice president, John C. Frémont and William Dayton comprised the ticket, which Lincoln supported throughout Illinois. The Democrats nominated former Secretary of State James Buchanan and the Know-Nothings nominated former Whig President Millard Fillmore.




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