The Republican Party opened its second national convention in Chicago, Illinois with high expectations. The party had won elections across the North and the national Democrats had splintered at their recent convention in Charleston. On the third day and third ballot of the Republcian gathering, attorney Abraham Lincoln of Illinois received the party's nomination as presidential candidate, beating out the frontrunner, Senator William Seward of New York and several others. Senator Hannibal Hamlin of Maine won the vice-presidential spot on the second ballot. (By John Osborne)
Henry H. Smith, All the Republican National Conventions .... (Washington, DC: Robert Beall, 1896), 21-23.