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In Springfield, Illinois, Abraham Lincoln is formally offered the Republican Party nomination for President

Abraham Lincoln, June 3, 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 19, 1860, he received at his home the deputation sent from the national committee to extend the nomination to him officially.  He told them in a brief speech that he was "not doubting" he would accept and gave 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.