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Prominent New York American Party politician James O. Putnam endorses Abraham Lincoln

James Osborne Putnam, circa 1900
07/13/1860
James O. Putnam, a prominent American Party politician in the state of New York, endorsed Abraham Lincoln for the presidency in a letter to Lincoln supporters organizing a rally in New York City's Union Park.  Defending Republicans from charges of abolitionism and judging Lincoln himself "no fanatic" on matters of racial equality, Putnam saw Lincoln's personal character as a powerful attribute and stressed his intention to vote for him.  (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
"Letter of Hon. James O. Putnam," The Campaign of 1860: comprising the speeches of A. Lincoln, W.H. Seward ..... (Albany, NY: Weed, Parsons & Co., 1860), 14-15. 

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