Election of 1860

Note Cards


Date Event
04/07/1857 Lincoln holds meeting regarding 1860 election
05/07/1859 Senator Seward sails for Europe on a mission to "recruit his health" and study "Old World" institutions
11/19/1859 Leading Chicago newspaper strongly endorses Abraham Lincoln for President
11/30/1859 Abraham Lincoln gives a speech in Elwood at the start of a five day speaking tour in Kansas
12/02/1859 Abraham Lincoln tests his speech on slavery during a visit to Atchison, Kansas
12/03/185912/05/1859 Abraham Lincoln finishes his five day speaking tour in Kansas with two speeches in Leavenworth
12/07/1859 Abraham Lincoln leaves for home after his short Kansas speaking tour
12/28/1859 Senator Seward of New York returns to the United States from Europe
12/29/1859 The returned Senator Seward meets his New York City contituents
01/02/1860 The California Legislature assembles in Sacremento with a slight pro-slavery Democratic majority
01/04/1860 Illinois Democrats choose their Charleston delegates and back Stephen Douglas as the nominee
01/09/1860 Kentucky Democratic Convention chooses James Guthrie as its candidate for president
01/11/186001/14/1860 The Alabama Democratic Convention meets in Montgomery and formulates the "Alabama Platform"
01/12/186001/13/1860 Indiana Democratic Convention meets in Indianapolis
01/18/1860 Tennessee Democrats nominate Senator Andrew Johnson as their candidate for president
02/02/1860 Republican Salmon P. Chase elected as Senator from Ohio
02/03/1860 John W. Forney returns as Clerk of the House, this time as a Republican
02/07/1860 Democrats increase their majority in Lancaster, Pennsylvania municipal elections
02/15/1860 Connecticut Democratic Convention nominates relectant Thomas Seymour for Governor
02/22/186002/23/1860 Pennsylvania Opposition Party Convention nominates Cameron for President and Curtin for Governor
02/27/1860 Abraham Lincoln speaks before the Cooper Union in New York City
02/28/1860 Abraham Lincoln speaks in Providence, Rhode Island
02/29/1860 Wisconsin Republicans support William Seward for President
03/01/1860 Ohio Republicans meet in Columbus and select Senator Chase as their choice for President
03/03/1860 Abraham Lincoln speaks to New Hampshire Republicans at Exeter
03/04/1860 Abraham Lincoln visits his son at Phillips Academy in New Hampshire
03/06/1860 Louisiana Democratic Convention selects Senator John Slidell as preferred candidate for President
03/07/1860 Massachusetts Republicans make William H. Seward their first choice for President
03/09/1860 Abraham Lincoln rallies Connecticut Republicans in a strong evening speech at Norwich
03/10/1860 Abraham Lincoln concludes his New England tour with a speech in Bridgeport, Connecticut
03/17/1860 Lincoln claims he cannot raise $10,000 for campaign even to save himself from "fate of John Brown"
03/27/1860 Constitutional Union Party begins its presidential campaign in Boston
03/28/1860 Kansas Democrats choose Stephen Douglas as their candidate for President
04/02/1860 Arkansas Democratic Convention meets in Little Rock
04/02/1860 Republicans sweep state elections in Connecticut
04/04/1860 Conservative Republican defeats the official Republican nominee in race for Rhode Island governor
04/09/186004/11/1860 Missouri Democratic Party Convention meets in Jefferson City
04/12/1860 Indiana's Constitutional Union Party selects Ohio's Judge John McLean as choice for President
04/13/1860 Harrisburg, Pennsylvania elects Democrat William H. Kepner as its first mayor
04/13/1860 In Virginia, Prince William County Republicans meet to choose delegates for the state convention in Wheeling
04/18/1860 New York State Republican Convention selects William H. Seward as its choice for President
04/23/186005/01/1860 Democrats hold their National Convention in Charleston, South Carolina
04/26/1860 Maryland Republicans hold their state convention in Baltimore amidst hostile crowds
05/01/1860 Opposition Party holds on to power in the Philadelphia municipal elections
05/01/1860 The Delaware Opposition Party Convention meets to select delegates for Chicago
05/02/1860 The Virginia Republican State Convention meets in Wheeling, Virginia
05/03/1860 In Charleston, South Carolina, the Democratic National Convention votes to adjourn and meet in Baltimore
05/09/186005/10/1860 Illinois Republicans hold their state convention in Decatur and nominate Richard Yates for governor
05/09/1860 The Constitutional Union Party meets in its national convention in Baltimore, Maryland
05/10/1860 Meeting in Baltimore, the Constitutional Union Party nominates John Bell for president
05/12/1860 Female correspondent covers the Chicago Convention of the Republican Party
05/16/186005/18/1860 Republican National Convention meets in Chicago, Illinois
05/18/1860 In Springfield, Illinois, Abraham Lincoln receives the news by telegraph of his nomination for President
05/19/1860 In Springfield, Illinois, Abraham Lincoln is formally offered the Republican Party nomination for President
05/23/1860 Alabama Constitutional Union Convention in Selma applauds nominations of Bell and Everett
05/23/1860 In Springfield, Illinois, Abraham Lincoln formally accepts the Republican nomination for President
05/26/1860 Pennsylvania Republicans meet in Harrisburg and Philadelphia to ratify the recent nominations in Chicago
06/04/186006/06/1860 Divided Alabama Democratic Party holds two separate nominating conventions in Montgomery
06/05/1860 Horatio Seymour withdraws his name from any consideration for the Democratic presidential nomination
06/07/1860 In Detroit, Michigan Republicans endorse the Chicago nominations and choose Austin Blair for governor
06/07/1860 Maine Republicans endorse Lincoln for President and nominate Israel Washburn for governor
06/09/1860 At Donaldsonville, Louisiana's "New Line" Democrats endorse Stephen Douglas for president
06/13/1860 Illinois State Democratic Convention meets in Springfield
06/18/1860 Democratic National Convention reconvenes in Baltimore
06/19/1860 Democratic National Convention enters its second day in Baltimore
06/20/186006/22/1860 Democratic National Convention continues in Baltimore locked in debate over credentials and slavery
06/23/1860 Breakaway delegates in Baltimore nominate John C. Breckinridge, splitting the Democratic Party
06/23/1860 The depleted Democratic National Convention in Baltimore nominates Stephen Douglas for President
06/25/1860 Senator Benjamin Fitzpatrick of Alabama declines the Democratic nomination for vice president
06/27/1860 Vermont Republican Convention meets in Rutland and nominates Erastus Fairbanks for governor
06/29/1860 Stephen Douglas makes his formal acceptance of his nomination for President of the United States
07/02/1860 At a mass meeting in Tammany Hall, New York Democrats unite behind Stephen Douglas
07/02/1860 In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Democrats meet over the split in the party's presidential nominations
07/04/1860 Ohio Democratic State Convention splits over endorsement of the Douglas-Johnson presidential ticket
07/06/1860 Mayor Wood of New York City proposes Democrats vote strategically across the country in November
07/09/1860 Outside the White House, thousands of Democrats hear President Buchanan speak in favor of Breckinridge
07/10/1860 Ohio Republican congressional candidate leaves party over platform plank on immigrant voting
07/10/1860 William T. Sherman, teaching in Louisiana, writes to his wife with cynicism about the upcoming election
07/11/1860 In a fiery speech, Senator Sumner predicts slavery will one day die as "a poisoned rat dies in its hole"
07/12/1860 New York States' Constitutional Unionists meet in convention at Utica
07/13/1860 Prominent New York American Party politician James O. Putnam endorses Abraham Lincoln
07/14/1860 Sparse attendance at a Douglas meeting in Wilmington, Delaware
07/15/1860 Bell-Everett newspaper in Augusta, Georgia calls the Breckinridge-Lane candidacy the "Suicide Ticket"
07/16/1860 At a Lincoln rally in New York City, Horace Greeley woos former Whig and American Party voters
07/16/1860 Stephen Douglas visits Hartford, Connecticut telling the crowd only the "regular" Democrats can save the country
07/17/1860 Arriving in Boston, Stephen Douglas continues his political tour
07/17/1860 The Pacific republic movement spreads to Oregon with rumors printed in the Salem press
07/18/1860 Abraham Lincoln writes to introduce himself to his running mate Hannibal Hamlin
07/18/1860 Breckinridge supporter John Brown Gordon tells college students slavery is "the hand-maid of civil liberty"
07/26/1860 Benjamin Butler booed off the stage at Democratic meeting in Lowell, Massachusetts
07/26/1860 In San Francisco, Emperor Norton I dissolves the United States republic and declares an absolute monarchy
07/26/1860 Survey finds only nine of Harvard's 107 man class of 1860 are Democrats while seventy-five are Republicans
07/28/1860 California Breckinridge Democrats organize in San Francisco
07/29/1860 From Missouri, Carl Schurz writes to his wife of his success in winning German-born voters to the Republican side
07/31/1860 In Indiana, the Breckinridge Democrats meet in a state convention in Indianapolis
07/31/1860 In San Francisco, Democratic Party talks aimed at uniting Electoral College votes against the Republicans fail
08/01/1860 Nebraska Republicans hold their territorial convention at Plattsmouth
08/08/1860 Giant Republican rally in Springfield, Illinois
08/17/1860 Illinois Constitutional Union supporters hold their state convention in Decatur
08/17/1860 Nebraska Democrats hold their territorial convention at Omaha
08/28/1860 Stephen Douglas continues his campaign swing through Virginia at Petersburg
09/01/1860 In Augusta, former Georgia congressman Andrew Stephens speaks at a rally for Stephen Douglas
09/04/1860 In Vermont, Republicans win state-wide elections
09/04/1860 Senator W.H. Seward speaks in Detroit on a campaign swing for Republicans in Michigan
09/05/1860 Another huge Republican rally, this time in Jersey City, New Jersey
09/05/186009/06/1860 In California, Douglas Democrats hold their state convention in Sacramento and choose electors
09/06/1860 In Baltimore, Stephen Douglas speaks to a large crowd in Monument Square
09/07/1860 Senator Douglas's campaign swing reaches Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
09/10/1860 Republicans sweep the Maine state-wide elections
09/11/1860 Four thousand "Wide Awake" club members march in a torch-lit parade through Albany, New York
09/11/1860 In California, Breckinridge Democrats hold their state convention in Sacramento and choose electors
09/12/1860 In New York City, a massive Douglas Democrat campaign barbecue draws tens of thousands
09/14/1860 Stephen Douglas continues his campaign with a whistle-stop train journey through up-state New York
09/17/1860 In Pennsylvania, Douglas and Breckinridge Democrats unite behind gubernatorial nominee Henry Foster
09/18/1860 Senator Douglas's New York campaign swing arrives in Rochester
09/20/1860 Rhode Island Republican Convention held in Providence
09/23/1860 Senator Seward campaigns for the Republican Party in St. Joseph, Missouri
09/25/1860 In Maryland, Breckinridge supporter William Yancey of Alabama speaks before a large crowd in Easton
09/25/1860 In New York City, Republican "Wide Awakes" brawl with Bell supporters on Broadway
09/26/1860 Campaigning in Kansas, Senator Seward receives a hero's welcome at Lawrence
10/01/1860 Florida holds state-wide elections, choosing Breckinridge Democrat John Milton as governor
10/01/1860 In Connecticut, Bridgeport elects a Republican mayor
10/03/1860 In New York City, 12,000 Republican "Wide-Awakes" march in a huge torch-lit night parade
10/04/1860 William H. Seward continues his stumping tour for Republicans in Cleveland, Ohio
10/06/1860 W.H. Seward arrives home in Auburn, New York after his Midwestern electioneering tour
10/09/1860 Republicans sweep to victory in state-wide elections in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Iowa, and Minnesota
10/10/1860 In New York City, "fire-eater" William L. Yancey of Alabama speaks at the Cooper Union
10/19/186010/28/1860 Stephen Douglas makes his final campaign tour, through the Deep South
10/23/1860 In Kentucky, "fire-eater" William Lowndes Yancey stumps for Breckinridge
10/29/186011/05/1860 Stephen Douglas ends his presidential campaign with speeches in Georgia and Alabama
11/01/1860 In Baltimore, pre-election political parades and meetings spawn violence
11/01/1860 New York City's veterans of the War of 1812 meet and declare for Lincoln and the Republicans
11/03/1860 William T. Sherman, teaching in Louisiana, writes to his wife about local attitudes on the election
11/06/1860 Abraham Lincoln votes in Springfield, Illinois at 3:30PM and waits for election news at a local telegraph office
11/06/1860 In New York City, crowds of Democrats gather outside Tammany Hall to hear the news of their defeat
11/06/1860 Presidential election evokes little excitement in Philadelphia
11/06/1860 The moderate Constitutional Union ticket of Bell and Everett narrowly carries Virginia
11/08/1860 Philadelphia Democrats urge the South not to take precipitous action over the Republican victory
11/10/1860 William T. Sherman writes to his wife from Louisiana about the election
11/21/1860 As specie flows South, New York banks agree to work in concert to stabilize markets
11/21/186011/22/1860 Financial disruption verges on panic and Virginia banks suspend specie payments
11/30/1860 The Georgia Legislature chooses its presidential electors
01/01/1861 General Winfield Scott orders Captain Charles Stone to put the District of Columbia Militia under arms
01/02/1861 Captain Charles Stone takes up his duties at the head of the District of Columbia Militia
01/09/1861 In Augusta, former Maine governor Lot M. Morrill elected to replace Hannibal Hamlin in U.S. Senate
01/15/1861 In Harrisburg, Andrew Gregg Curtin sworn in as the Pennsylvania's first Republican governor
02/08/1861 General Scott gives assurances of a smooth official counting of the Electoral College votes next week
02/11/1861 President-Elect Lincoln departs Springfield, Illinois on his eleven-day pre-inaugural journey
02/12/1861 President-Elect Abraham Lincoln visits Indianapolis on his eleven-day pre-inaugural journey
02/13/1861 President-Elect Abraham Lincoln visits Columbus, Ohio on his eleven-day pre-inaugural journey
02/13/1861 The presidential election becomes official with the announcement from the Electoral College
02/14/1861 President-Elect Abraham Lincoln arrives in Pittsburgh on his eleven-day pre-inaugural journey
02/15/1861 Abraham Lincoln speaks in Pittsburgh and then continues his pre-inaugural tour to Cleveland, Ohio
02/16/1861 Abraham Lincoln travels from Cleveland to Buffalo, New York meeting Grace Bedell on the way
02/18/1861 Abraham Lincoln reaches Albany, New York on his pre-inaugural tour and speaks at the capitol
02/19/1861 Abraham Lincoln arrives in New York City on his pre-inaugural tour
02/20/1861 Abraham Lincoln spends the day in New York City, addresses the City Council, and goes to the Opera
02/21/1861 Abraham Lincoln travels to Trenton, New Jersey and then to Philadelphia on his pre-inaugural tour
02/22/1861 Abraham Lincoln visits Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and from there secretly travels directly to Washington
02/22/1861 Edward Payson Weston sets off to walk from Boston to Washington DC to pay off an election bet
02/23/1861 Abraham Lincoln secretly heads directly to Washington arriving in the early morning hours
03/03/1861 The 36th Congress of the United States ends its second session, finishes its term, and adjourns
03/04/1861 Abraham Lincoln takes the oath as the sixteenth President of the United States at the U.S. Capitol
03/04/1861 Edward Payson Weston, having walked from Boston, arrives in Washington DC four hours late
03/04/1861 Hannibal Hamlin takes the oath as fifteenth Vice President of the United States at the U.S. Capitol
03/05/1861 Outgoing president James Buchanan leaves Washington for his home in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
03/05/1861 The U.S. Senate, sitting in extraordinary session, confirms all of President Lincoln's cabinet choices