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The California Legislature assembles in Sacremento with a slight pro-slavery Democratic majority

California, 1857, zoomable map
01/02/1860
The California Legislature convened in Sacramento with a narrow largely pro-slavery majority.  The pro-southern wing of the California Democratic Party, led by William M. Gwin, had done well in the election but the Democrats in the state were beginning to split over the issue of slavery and in the national election in 1860, California's four electoral votes would go to Abraham Lincoln.  (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
Hubert Howe Bancroft, History of California, Vol. VII 1860-1890 (San Francisco, CA: History Company, 1890), 251. 

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