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Outside the White House, thousands of Democrats hear President Buchanan speak in favor of Breckinridge

James Buchanan, Brady daguerreotype, detail
07/09/1860
A massive Democratic meeting was held in the evening outside city hall in Washington, D.C. in support of the Breckinridge and Lane ticket.  Several senators addressed the crowd, including Jefferson Davis of Mississippi, and then the gathering moved to the White House where President Buchanan appeared and spoke.  Noting the split in the Democratic Party, he gave the reasons why he preferred Breckinridge over Douglas even though he was not the official nominee of the party and party members were not bound to vote for him.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Democratic National Committee, Speech by President Buchanan on the Evening of July 9, 1860 (Washington, DC: Democratic National Committee, 1860), 5-6. 

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