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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.




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