November 6, 1860

by John J. Miller on November 6, 2010

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Precisely 150 years ago today, Abraham Lincoln was elected president for the first time. From an account of the day, in Michael Burlingame’s biography of Lincoln:

When a dispatch arrived from Charleston, South Carolina, expressing the wish that Lincoln would win because, if he did, the Palmetto State “would soon be free,” Lincoln laughed as he remarked that several Southerners had written him to the same effect. He handed the message to [Ozias M.] Hatch, telling him “that the sender of it would bear watching.”

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