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In Springfield, Illinois, Abraham Lincoln receives the news by telegraph of his nomination for President

Abraham Lincoln, June 3, 1860
05/18/1860
Abraham Lincoln had not attended the Republican National Convention in Chicago but had followed the proceedings very closely from Springfield, Illinois.  In the evening of May 18, 1860 he received the news at the Springfield telegraph office that he had won the nomination on the third ballot and walked home to bring the news to his wife and family.  He gave an informal acceptance the next evening and a formal written acceptance on May 23, 1860.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Abraham Lincoln, John G. Nicolay,  Complete Works .... Volume I (New York, The Century Company, 1894), 634-635.

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