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Entry by Orville Browning, May 16, 1860

Orville Hickman Browning, Brady image, detail
An attorney from Quincy, Illinois, Orville Browning was an old friend and colleague of Abraham Lincoln who attended the Chicago convention in May 1860 slightly astounded that his peer from Springfield was emerging as a serious contender for the presidency. Browning's sharp tongue was apparent in this vivid diary entry depicting the opening of the Republican convention and the selection of famous free-soiler David Wilmot, whom Browning labeled "dull," as temporary party chairman. (By Matthew Pinsker)


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