Senator Benjamin Fitzpatrick of Alabama declines the Democratic nomination for vice president
The Democratic National Convention in Baltimore had nominated Senator Benjamin Fitzpatrick of Alabama as vice-presidential running mate to Stephen Douglas. Invited formally to take up the nomination, Fitzpatrick the same day declined the honor in a formal letter to the party, citing his desire not to further split the Democratic Party that he saw as the only hope of avoiding disunion. Later that day, Hershel V. Johnson of Georgia was nominated in his place and accepted. (By John Osborne)
John G. Parkhurst, Official Proceedings of the Democratic National Convention, held in 1860, at Charleston and Baltimore .... (Cleveland, OH: Cleveland Plain Dealer, 1860), 184-185.